It was perfect.
If you have a soon to be 6 or 9 year old boy then you are definitely going to pin this…you will be overwhelmed with inspiration! 😉
The boys both have birthdays in October and last year we threw them a joint birthday party. It went so well (killed two birds with one stone) that this year they decided (we convinced them) to do another joint party.
Homemade as in, I used WORD to type out some quick details and mass produce them. For once my printer didn’t jam up minutes before the boys headed to school…it was a Christmas miracle.
The boys invited all of the boys in their class…and their families. Now granted I had no idea how many boys were in their class but we are all about including everyone so I sent in plenty of invites and told them to just bring all of the extras home. After all, the plan was to watch a movie in the backyard so including the masses seemed like a great idea. This way we might actually get a chance to meet other families from school too.
That means 26 boys were invited AND their families!
OF COURSE it was raining all week and temps are dropping…why did I expect anything else? We do after all live in Minnesota.
With a double feature happening, this also meant that we had to stop at Redbox hours prior to the party to pick up a second copy of the LEGO movie.
…it has LEGO colors…same thing.
Every detail was planned, organized and executed. I even carried the coffee table out to the garage in a moment of desperation to ensure that we had plenty of room.
By the end of the night the house reminded me of a party scene in a movie where the parents come home unexpectedly to find the kids partying.
Only in this version I promise that parents were present AT ALL TIMES.
It was a success because the kids had a fun time with their friends. 🙂
It went so well I’m considering going into the party planning business.
OK, totally NOT doing that!
All joking aside. I stressed about the party all week long. I actually swept the house before everyone arrived (what was I thinking?), I cleaned the house and forced myself to keep things simple. Even in what I thought was a simple party plan, I was overwhelmed because it’s not something that comes naturally.
I fought through some insecurities, determined to simply be present and then cried from exhaustion by the end of the weekend.
I did have one mission from this whole thing…
I wanted to be present with the boys and watch their faces light up every step of the way.
Happy birthday sweet boys…you are two of the best things that ever happened to us.
How do you like to celebrate birthdays? Any memorable ones?