My daughter just turned 8 years old and to avoid having a panic attack over the fact that I had my baby girl 8 years ago I put all my effort into planning her party. It’s probably my mom’s fault but I always go all out for birthdays; it’s just something that’s engrained in me. My mom always said that you celebrate your birthday the day before, the day of, and the day after so she always went all out for my birthdays too. From dress up parties with magicians when I was a little kid to taking me to New York City for my 21st birthday, my mom always liked to do the very best she could for the most special day of the year.
I have carried that tradition on to my ow nin family and as much of a pain in the butt as it always is, I just can’t help making a big deal out of the decorations, cake, and anything DIY. This year we had a Frozen themed pool party at our home. We usually go to a splash park or park with a nice pavilion and play area but this year we decided to make it a bit easier and just use our community pool. Everything worked out extremely well from the food, to the decorations, to the food labels that I made myself.
Now that I have made it seem so easy and perfect, I can tell you the nightmare I had to deal with prior to the event. I figured I would get a head start on the planning and buying so I started in July with trying to figure out a location. Since it was a Frozen themed party we figured an ice skating party would be perfect. Well, come to find out you can’t bring in your own food and you only have 15 minutes prior to the time of your party to decorate everything you want to. It was definitely not ideal so we opted for the pool party at our place so we didn’t have to worry about the location and it saved us money on having to rent out a space like a park pavilion. Then I went to Pinterest and pinned everything for a frozen pool party until I had my menu and the look that I wanted. I figured I had about 5 weeks left to go so that was plenty of time. I ordered the invitations from Etsy, which I love and then just sat back, and relaxed until it was time to buy the rest of the decorations. I definitely sat back for a little too long because next thing I knew I had about a week to get all the ingredients for the food, the decorations and figure out what I was going to make myself.
Of course I went to Party City thinking they would have everything I needed and more, right? Wrong! Apparently every mom in the city with a little girl between the ages of 2 and 10 bought out everything…. constantly. I got as much as I could from party city including plates, cups, napkins, and a pink table cover. The happy birthday banner came from Wal-Mart, and I was lucky enough to be able to borrow my best friends 6-foot long table, and beverage dispenser. My menu consisted of “Anna’s Sandwiches”, “Olaf’s Noses” which were baby carrots and ranch dip, “Olaf’s Snowballs” which were giant and regular sized marshmallows, and “Elsa’s Ice Wands” which were candy dipped pretzel rods with blue crystal sprinkles. I also made “Princess Punch” which was blue Hawaiian punch with Sprite. I was super proud of my menu and it all started to come together. I made my own food labels with materials from Michael’s and besides my husband taking almost an hour to come back with the balloons and cake, we had everything we needed.
Although I still drove myself crazy planning this party for approximately 30 people, what helped me the most was planning the details out early on and making lists of what needed to be done overall. Luckily I was able to make things like the food and food labels pretty inexpensively. I feel that every year I learn some new way of making life a little easier with birthday party planning and I am sure that by the time the kids are in high school and don’t want parties anymore I will finally have it down pat 😉 I hope I was able to offer some good do’s and don’ts of planning a birthday party. Have fun!
The Hot Mess Mom
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