(Sorry about the title. I couldn’t resist.)
Audrey turned three on Saturday.
So, real talk: I know big, elaborate parties for kids aren’t everybody’s thing. And that’s totally fine! But you know what? I LOVE PLANNING THESE PARTIES. I love picking a theme and coming up with decorating ideas and scouring the internet for pictures of cakes to send to the bakery for inspiration. I love inviting WAY too many people and panicking about how much food we need and I am EXHAUSTED when it’s all over and my house is usually a disaster at the end, but I don’t even care. The parties are FUN. We have had a party every year for Maggie (except her 6th, which we had at a local arcade-type place because I was a million years pregnant) and Audrey has had two others. I plan on doing more for both of them, plus parties for Zach. I think I’ll tone them down a bit after age 5, just because that’s when they start wanting to have more friend-centered parties, but as long as my kids want to celebrate their birthdays with us (and as long as it’s in the budget as an option), I’m going to have crazy parties. Because someday my kids won’t be home for their birthdays and DAMMIT, I’ll wish they were, right?
That being said, I really was going to keep this one simple. I just started back to work! I have a baby to take care of! Then I went to the craft store and sniffed too much glitter or something and before I knew it, my dining room was filled with purple cardstock and gold paint markers and my hot glue gun and a giant pile of yellow yarn and… well. It all turned out kind of awesome, if I can toot my own horn a bit.
The day was not without drama, though, of course. Audrey refused to wear the (NOT CHEAP) Rapunzel dress we got her as a gift to wear for the day. Then during the party, she was found wandering down the sidewalk outside, crying with bleeding knees, blubbering something about looking for Maggie at the neighbor’s house (Maggie AND the neighbor are AT THE PARTY IN THE BACKYARD, CHILD.) But other than that? It was a pretty awesome day. The kids got along so great (we had 16 kids! SO MANY!) and they even tolerated my organized games for a few minutes before dashing back outside in the beautiful weather (which was fine with me- the weather was PERFECT)
(I had also planned to release a bunch of floating paper lanterns at the end of the party, but when I did a test run a few days before, I nearly lit myself on fire because the stupid thing wouldn’t float. So. We skipped that disaster-waiting-to-happen. heh.)
Melissa and her family drove in from out of state and it was so great to have them here! She took some great pictures of the party activities, which I really appreciated because once things got going, I completely forgot to take any.
Watching her birthday video
Probably laughing at one of the many naked Audrey pictures in her birthday video
Can we talk about the cake for a minute? First, it was delicious. We ordered it from a small bakery in our little town and they’re always amazing. BUT. Dan went to pick it up and looked at it and didn’t notice that HER NAME WAS WRONG UNTIL I POINTED IT OUT. I maybe flipped out initially before realizing that I could probably fix it. And I did.
Even the inside was amazing.
It’s hard sometimes at this age to know if the kids are having fun or not, I think. Audrey seemed mostly bewildered the whole day, and I wasn’t sure a few times if she was enjoying herself. But then she was dancing around the living room after everyone was gone, singing along with the musical Rapunzel card from my parents.
So, I think all the chaos and work was worth it.
Next up? Figuring out how to survive another girl through Age Three. !!!!