When it comes to having a birthday party, my big kids know that I am the most un-Pinteresty of all un-Pinteresty moms. My littles don’t know the difference yet. Thank goodness! It’s not that I don’t want to have a cute party for my kids. I want to have a Pinterest party but I just don’t think it’s in the cards for my kids. It’s just not one of my strengths.
Celebrating a Two-for-One Party with Framily
Growing up, every chance of celebrating brought a small crowd and great food. I’ve lived away from my family for over 20 years now and I sure do miss that. My husband and I decided that we would start having framily get-togethers. Yes, I spelled that right. Framily: friends who feel more like family. Surely, it’s in Webster’s dictionary as a legit term. No? Well, it should be.
The Munchkin has always been big on her birthday. As soon as it passes, she starts talking about what is going to happen at the next one. She isn’t one to really forget either so Mr. B and I have to remember for a year what it is that she wants. We usually just narrow it down to the one or two things that she consistently asks about throughout the year. This year was no different. She turned five in mid-November and The Punkin turned two at the beginning of November. I thought it might be fun to celebrate their birthdays together. They were given the option of having one big cake or two little ones. The Munchkin, being the spokesperson for all little people in the house, decided on just one big one.
We had a friend, who sings on the worship team with Mr. B, make a cake. We’ve always seen her cakes pop up on Facebook and heard they were delicious. Mr. B has tasted one before and I’ve been a little envious since. Given The Munchkin’s love (or obsession) with unicorns, we asked her to make a unicorn cake. Amazing, isn’t it? It was so delicious, too!
Creating a Pinterest Party for the Un-Pinteresty Mom
My bigger problem was going to the party store nearby and figuring out what decorations to get. I have enough of a problem that I get option-itis when I’m there. If you add my three littles, it’s a disaster waiting to happen. My strategy lately is to put the baby’s car seat actually in the cart, strapping the toddler into the seat with the seatbelt tight enough not to squeeze her in two but not loose enough to allow her to wriggle out of it (a very fine line indeed) and then keeping the preschooler from running around the store because she thinks she is a grown up (kind of like a Jack Russell who thinks it is a mastiff).
Who wants to deal with it? Not this tired mama. I’ll tell you that.
Sofie la Girafe Pinterest Party in a Box!
I found out about the possibility of party decorations in a box that could show up at my door. Y’all! I can’t even describe the pure joy. Avoid the party store? Sign me up! And it’s available with Amazon Prime for less than $25. If you are running behind on time, you can get it in two days! We had a unicorn cake and a Sofie la Girafe themed party. Animals galore. If only I could have a petting zoo. It would have been the most epic of parties! But alas, the only animals there were our children and that of our framily. Cute and cuddly and didn’t poop in the yard. So, essentially, it was better than having a petting zoo.
I did receive this in exchange for running a feature but Y’all know I only write what I’m excited about and believe in. For you mamas of little ones (especially for a toddler or one-year-old), you will be excited to see all that came in it.
What Comes Inside the Sofie la Girafe Pinterest Party in a Box?
Here’s what came inside:
- Sofie la Girafe crown. Surprisingly, the girls shared this with no problem!
- “Happy Birthday!” Banner
- Invitations and Envelopes
- 1 Birthday/Smash Cake Topper
- 6 latex balloons with a different animal on each
Plus 12 of the following:
- Cupcake Liners
- Cupcake Toppers
- Cake Plates
- Paper Straws
Of course, the epic unicorn cake didn’t fit entirely on the plates but it was a cake of epic proportions, after all. And just look at the inside of it!
I wish I had a picture of the balloons. Am I the only one whose house can’t hold onto balloons for very long? The Munchkin came into the living room holding one of the balloons on her wrist, giggling and jumping. Her spatial awareness has not matured yet and that sweet girl ran her balloon straight into the ceiling fan. I’ve never seen a kid’s face go from ecstatic to pure sadness so fast. I do feel slightly guilty that the whole incident made me chuckle a little. (But only on the inside. I have learned to have enough self-control to hold those things inside.) Several other balloons had a similar fate. So sad.
What do you do for your kids’ birthdays? Do you tend to focus more on the cake or the decorations?