Because of her, I LOVE birthdays. Sadly, the follow-through on my pinteresting and planning is seriously lacking. For Jaylin’s 2nd, puppy-themed birthday party I stressed for weeks over a wooden bone-shaped cake stand I had Micah build, and the hit of the party ended up being the easy, homemade slip-n-slide. Micah and I are probably the only ones that remember the cake stand (or that the party was puppy-themed). Enzo’s 2nd birthday I bought these huge round balloons and planned to have them strung up between the trees in our backyard for the party… All but 3 had popped before people got to the house. I could tell a story (or 10) like that for every single party we’ve had.
|#goals (picture borrowed from pinterest, obviously)
Our kids have back-to-back birthdays, two in July, one in August, September and October. You can imagine what that does to my emotions. I want to have everybody a huge, perfect party of their dreams, but it just doesn’t happen. This year I totally flaked. We had at-home or with-family parties for everybody… until it was Zander’s turn. This kid may be the one to make dethroning Gigi a reality. He loves birthdays and parties and everything that comes with them! So… we almost survived Stewart family birthday season without any big
He decided, after much deliberation, that he wanted to do glow-in-the-dark mini golf, and I convinced myself, to Micah’s relief, not to stress over it, keep it simple and easy.
I let Zander pick invitations that we could print at home. I let him decide who to invite… (That’s always an ordeal for us because Jaylin and I like to invite our own friends!) And I took him to the grocery store and let him tell the bakery what he wanted on his cake. He wanted bright colors and for it to say ‘Happy Birthday Zander’… I left them an invitation so they could see the colors. They ended up screen printing it on the cake… You know, in case the guests that were already at the party needed to be invited again. Needless to say, I wasn’t too impressed, but Zander loved it… so all was well.