An alternate title for this post could be “That one time I threw together a birthday party in 28 hours.” But that seems a bit wordy.
The youngest’s birthday falls just a few short days after Christmas. We are usually visiting family out of state this time of year but this year we enjoyed Christmas morning in our new home. The boy desperately wanted to have his “friend” party ON his REAL birthday. So we did. After spending the weekend at the in-laws we returned to our messy, post-Christmas morning house with not a single themed napkin or matching goodie bag purchased. The only thing I’d done ahead of time was the invitation.
Here’s how the party planning all went down.
12:00 p.m. Sunday – Return home, unload, unpack. Start cleaning.
1:30 p.m. Leave for Party City and local sports store to attempt to find something with the required MN Wild Hockey theme.
2:00 p.m. Stop by Home Goods/Marshalls to shop for myself instead.
3:00 p.m. Finally at Party City. Improvise with NHL gear, colored plates, and this awesome chalkboard banner. (Forget to get napkins.)
4:00 p.m. Return home, quick freshen up, and off again to see a hockey game with the fam.
9:00 p.m. Return home again. Put kids in bed. Go to Walmart for party food and more goodie bag stuffers. Yay for pre-made subs and fruit cups!
11:00 p.m. Bake a cake, print off hockey bingo cards and word searches found on Pinterest. Also make and print MN Wild stickers to stick on Gatorade bottles and goodie bags (eventually forgetting to stick them on the goodie bags). Make awesome chalkboard banners and do a little light cleaning and decorating.
1:38 a.m. Go to bed.
8:45 a.m. Monday – Drink coffee, make frosting, frost cake, clean, set out non-perishables, stuff goodie bags, clean some more, hang awesome banners, extend table, bring up extra chairs from basement, realize basement is a mess and make children clean before playing video games, eat lunch, vacuum, shower, send husband to shop for birthday gift…
2:30 p.m. Accidently cut open finger while slicing pre-made subs thereby getting myself out of doing dishes for at least…a day? Get hugs from child upon seeing Mom bleed. (You mean she’s human?!?)
2:45 p.m. Snap pictures of party set up while avoiding touching anything with securely wrapped finger. Maybe too secure, why is my finger tingling??
3:15 p.m. Husband returns with gifts to wrap and more goodies. Wrap gifts, stuff more bags, light candles, ignore dishes in sink…
4:00 p.m. Guests arrive, party starts, everyone has an awesome time, and no one is injured. Again.
Happy 7th to our baby!! <3