Friday, March 25, 2011

A Reason To Have A Party

Stella's 3rd birthday is around the corner and I have to admit that I was not excited to plan it.  I think I've become so overwhelmed with seeing pictures on blogs of perfectly executed parties complete with buffets fit for weddings and professional letter pressed signs, tags, etc. that I just simply shut down.  I miss the simplicity of little one's parties where the cake was homemade and not covered in fondant characters.  Don't get me wrong...I've been scouring party blogs for some inspiration and I will get something personalized so it's not completely lack luster.  But I'm not going overboard.  And I am so relieved I've let myself off the hook.  Always one to shy away from "themes", I'm going to let pinwheels take center stage...something so simple and reminiscent of childhood.  Would love to hear your thoughts on children's birthday parties.  Do you have anxiety over them?


abby jenkins said...

I can helo you if you need ideas...I was the co-host on Party Girl and love love love planning little girls parties!

Tessa said...

I 100% agree with you. I feel like everyone is trying to have a Martha moment with their elaborate birthdays. Make it pretty, but about the kids, have a few fun games, some cupcakes and everyone will enjoy themselves. I'm not bashing the perfect parties either, if that brings the mother and child great joy then go for it, but it isn't necessary. at all.

xo, Tessa

PS. so trying your heaven in a pouch enchiladas!!!

Evie said...

good for you for letting yourself off the hook!

JMW said...

Yes, there tends to be a "keeping up with the Jones" mentality when it comes to kids' birthday parties. Good for you for deciding not to get caught up in it. My daughter went to a birthday party yesterday that was really cute. A movie theme, where the girls watched "Madeleine" and received popcorn containers with movie themed treats. And I loved the fact that the mom put "no gifts" on the invitation. I'm seeing more and more of that lately and I think it's great that parents are opting for the party to be the gift, rather than racking up on presents. Love the pinwheel theme - keep up updated on the progress!

Fleur de Lis Blessings said...

Your so cute! PINWHEELS! LOVE IT! Your so talented and have an amazing style. Stella will appreciate her Mother & birthday much more without the anxiety, take it from me. My kids don't even remember what they did for their 3rd B-Day. Heck, I don't even remember.....Oh and I'm sure I went over the top trying to make it the most perfect day for my "most prize possession." ;p Helping Mommy bake the cake, (if that is YOUR THING).....that is what Stella will remember most. Are you kidding? A fondant cake for a 3 year old? Hate fondant, beautiful indeed but come on! Homemade is soooo way better! I only wish I could bake.....sadly, my children enjoy the $12.00 WalMart cake much better than Mom's homemade and they also enjoy the "less stressed out Mom." Talk about, baking. Yikes! On the other hand, I'm no Martha, but I do like to decorate.... it's MY THING. I love to stamp, print, cut, punch, paint & paste. So simple and therapeutic to me. Now that they are a bit older, the kiddo's enjoy making homemade decorations with me. It's an inexpensive way to make up for the not so simple baking. What I'm rambling on about is.......You go girl, do your own thing, and enjoy the blessings! Keep it simple, I'm sure it will be spectacular!! PINWHEELS! GOT TO LOVE IT!!


acp said...

Tiffy!! I have been going through the same anxiety with Lucia's 2nd bday which I know is super close to Stella's...I told Dan last week that we should just do family bc I am stressing way out over it. I think I need to stop reading party planners blogs :) xoxox

Town and Country Gals said...

I so agree with you! Doing kids parties was pretty intimidating for me so we usually just had family. I wish I had let it go! Kids are really pretty easy to please and I'm sure what ever you do she will love.