This week I’ve been preparing for Amelia’s 3rd birthday party. Initially, we weren’t going to have a party because, let’s face it, she’s 3, and the likelihood of her looking back in years to come and saying
“Yeah, I totally remember when you threw me that really expensive party for my 3rd birthday. That party, like, shaped my childhood, man”
is pretty slim. But, for reasons I’ll go into another time, we decided that we would throw her a party, and actually I think we got a pretty good deal on a local soft play centre.
The venue hire includes a hot meal for all of the kids, but obviously we need to provide cake, party bags, table cloths, paper plates and cups, juice, and decorations if we want them. For once I’ve been super-organised and have actually had the party bags made and filled for the last week! Usually, I would’ve had all of the best laid plans, lists made etc, and still leave everything until the night before!
Does a ‘Theme’ Really Matter?!
Amelia asked for a My Little Pony theme, which I thought was pretty cool, and decided that I would go with a kind of rainbow colour scheme, chuck a threw ponies at it and hey presto! So I’ve made rainbow party bags/boxes, filled with rainbow inspired gifts and sweets (anyone remember Rainbow Drops?!)
Luckily, thanks to being the world’s best procrastinator, that is as far as I have got. Because, for the last 2 days Amelia has suddenly decided that she wants to drop My Little Pony in favour of Moana! So I’ve abandoned my cake making ideas and opted instead for buying a plain cake and buying a personalised Moana topper for it. At just under £3.50 on Ebay I thought this was pretty cool. Nice and simple, and gets the job done! Also the seller was exceedingly helpful and offered to make this topper smaller to fit the cake I had already bought, as well as shipping it the day I bought it. Result!
Do We Make Too Much Work For Ourselves?
In a way, she has done me a favour. I did really want to make her a rainbow cake, but the reality is that I probably would have left it until the day before the party, got really stressed about it, it definitely wouldn’t have turned out Pinterest worthy and that would have really bugged me, and then it would more than likely have got damaged in the car to the venue anyway! And either way, I will still get to make her a cake as her party is a whole week before her actual birthday. At least this way we don’t have to share my hard work with a bunch of nursery kids!
Just Go With It!
Amelia saw these Frozen tablecloths a few days ago and instantly decided she wanted them. No matter how much I explained that nothing was going to match, she was having none of it. In the end, I thought
“Fuck it. She knows what she wants, clearly. And if what she wants is to have a ridiculously un-matched party then so be it.”
I went back and got them today. I liked the spotty plates, and figuring the whole things is a complete miss-match now anyway I went ahead and got them! So we have ended up with a Moana/Rainbow/My Little Pony/Frozen/Polka Dot themed soft play party. Whatever, it’s her party!