As much as I love throwing the boys an awesome birthday party, it is also the bane of my existence. The planning, the prep, the spending of money… the annoying people to RSVP.
That was the one difference this year than the last- i’ve been so busy I didn’t have time to bother with harassing people for a head count. I’ve come to understand that people, in general, suck at RSVPing, and a lot of those who do will back out at the last second for any number of reasons- so you just have to be ok with not knowing what to expect.
Even still, I was up until 3am this morning baking and cleaning and organizing and decorating for the party- just trying to live up to my own expectations of having a blowout.
Hardly anyone has been to our new house, so I wanted to make sure that it was not only clean, but organized (which we’ve been slacking on doing since moving in), and didn’t smell like pee… a VERY hard smell to get out. For once I wanted to be able to show off a NICE house, one that’s not going to get snatched by the bank because it is completely paid off by the owner.
I have to admit, I went overboard on decorating. Thomas had joked about expecting to spend around $200 for everything we needed and I laughed thinking i’d NEVER spend that much… and honestly I only came in $20 short from that. YIKES.
I bought wall decorations, hanging decorations, a pull-string pinata (that didn’t work), stuff to make food, light up cowboy boots and hats, table decorations, a blow up cactus… the list goes on and on. I got a good deal on most of it, but it added up quickly. Even though I made the cupcakes myself, didn’t order a cake, and even hand made the cake toppers- the money still went flying out the door.
What I can say is that the cupcakes I made are THE BEST cupcakes I have EVER had in my entire life… and I have tasted many a cupcake.
Peanut butter oreo brownie cupcakes… is your mouth watering?
Even though the turnout wasn’t what I had hoped for, the important thing in the end is that the boys had a BLAST. It’s never about presents, they have enough shit, more shit than they could ever need or play with- it’s about having good friends and family around to enjoy the moment with.
Also nice to get massive amounts of compliments on the retro kitchen I worked so hard on- a little pat on the back for a mommy who spent nearly 24 hours straight prepping.
Now I can really concentrate on the book and getting the word out… let’s just hope it’s all done before Christmas prepping comes along! At least I don’t have to deal with ANY more birthday prep for another year. That’s the ONLY good thing about having kids with birthdays 2 weeks apart in the same month: ONE party! Until they get their own friends and bitch to have seperate ones… then I might just die.
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