Some of the very best parties I have been to were planned last minute, with minimal decorations and $5 Little Caesar pizza, so know that I don’t think the materialistic things make the party – obviously it’s all about the company. Butttt, if you’ve been to our house to celebrate either of my son’s birthdays I don’t have to tell you I like big parties. It’s true I can’t lie.
It’s not so that I have something flashy to post on pinterest and facebook (although I’m an oversharer so I do typically post).
It’s not because I want to show off to our friends parents (In fact I’m pretty sure they think I’m bat sh*t crazy for party planning.
Nope, I go all out for my children’s birthday parties because:
I love it.
Isn’t that why we should do most things we do? The theme, color scheme, creating decorations. Love it. Growing up everyone said I should be a kindergarten teacher, because I’m all about cutesy themes and crafts (and have patience of steel when it comes to people.)
I have enough craft products I could open my own Michaels.
Back in my PC (pre-children) Era I would craft it up on the regular. Full-time employment and basically charged with keeping two humans alive and well has minimized the empty spaces on the calendar for crafting. So any excuse to devote time to pull out the crates of stickers, scrapbook paper, vinyl, crepe paper and put them to use I welcome. Also, I don’t want my craft room to be replaced with some other room my husband sees fit. Don’t want to risk the don’t use it, you’ll lose it rule.
I love to work in the creative realm.
Most of my day’s work consist of technical writing. Parties invites my creative soul to come out and play.
Quality bonding time.
As my children get older, it’s a great way to bond. My oldest just turned eight a couple of weeks ago, and we sat down and brainstormed party themes. After talking about Minecraft (again), Plants versus Zombies (?), Bacon (??), we decided on Secret Spy Agent and we both were pumped. Together we plan activities, ideas, decorations and work together on getting things together.
Did I mention I love it?
I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it. If social media didn’t exist, pinterest was unheard of, if noone was invited you know what? I would still party plan because I just personally love it.
I had someone say, “Great now I feel like I should go all out for my child’s birthday.” No, no you shouldn’t…..if you don’t want to. When there’s a school bake sale, I don’t feel pressured to bake cupcakes, because it’s not my thing and really I don’t want to. I’ll go and buy store-bought cupcakes and place them right next to someone’s beautifully and delicious homemade cupcakes, and not feel bad about it for a second. Obviously baking cupcakes is somebody’s thing and I loved that they got to spend time and energy on something they are good at and hopefully enjoy.
So here’s the thing. The balloons, theme, decor doesn’t come close to determining the success of a party, but that’s not why I do it. I’m doing it because I love it, and you should do the things that you love doing.