Monday, February 10, 2014

The Birthday Party

It has been decided by the fates that Wednesday blogposts just ain’t go’ happen. So, I guess Monday is my day! And what do you know? Here I am! On Monday. Writing a blogha. postah!

*ahem*

Okay, I’m more than a little off my game this morning. You see, my oldest daughter turned ten this weekend. Which marks a decade of parenting for the hubs and me. So, like any normal mother, I spent most of Saturday looking at photos of her (and our) evolution and sporadically bursting into tears.

There was no time to dwell on Sunday, however, because my big 10-year-old decided this year she wanted a party with all of her friends. And not one hosted at school, or our local indoor park, or a restaurant, or anything involving a couple of giant golden arches.

Nope.

She wanted a themed makeover party done the old fashion way.

At our house.

*insert the sigh that never ends*

There is a reason why I’ve never thrown a class birthday party at our personal dwelling before and some of you who have thrown such a party and lived to tell the tale may know exactly what I’m talking about.

It takes about 80x the preparation, brain power, physical energy, and clean-up that a public-place party does. There are decorations to buy and hang and blow up and hang and roll out and hang. There’s food, cupcake baking, activity planning, and gift bags to prepare. There are awkward phone calls and emails clarifying the theme, and appropriate gifts, and directions to the house. And let’s not forget the eventuality of jubilant, dancing, candy-crazed children doing the cancan while stomping chips into your living room carpet. Yes it was worth it. No, I won’t be repeating the experience for a long long while.

The way I feel this morning, it might as well have been an all-night keger. Emotional milestones + class party = one drained mama.

*yawn* I think it’s time for me to curl up on the couch with some coffee and zone out on guilty-pleasure CW shows...


How was your weekend everybody?

12 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

What a great mom you are. Your daughter will remember you for that. We did a bunch of birthday parties at home. They were fun but I was always glad when they were done because they are a lot of work. Hope you get some rest today.

Laura Pauling said...

I don't love throwing birthday parties but they are worth it after!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Happy birthday to your daughter.
Be prepared - your other kids will want a similar party now.

AiringMyDirtyLaundry said...

Yes, throwing parties can be completely exhausting. I'm glad your daughter had a nice birthday!

B.E. Sanderson said...

You're a braver woman than I ever was. So glad you survived and that it turned out well. =o)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

We have a pool and a hot tub, so we usually have all the daughters' parties here at the house and the theme is always: Pool and/or Hot Tub.

Still, it does take a lot of cleaning up, setting up, then cleaning up again -- even though the kids mostly stay outside and only venture into the house as far as the pool bathroom in the basement.

SA Larsenッ said...

Still can't believe your oldest turned ten. Wait until she turns twenty. Now that's when you really need a beer.

I've pretty much been doing nothing for the past three weeks, collecting beta notes and pondering them. Feeling a bit blah. Think it's all this snow.

SA Larsenッ said...

Oh, and yeah ... what Alex said.

Old Kitty said...

Awwww happy happy happy birthday to your lovely 10 year old!! And what a great party too!!! Yay!!! Enjoy your cosy coffee and guilt pleasure shows! You so deserve to!! Take care
x

erica and christy said...

I feel your pain. We had five of my son's friends overnight Saturday for his eighth birthday party! Gah! Happy birthday to your daughter! Christy

Lexa Cain said...

Wow. That sounds like a lot of work. I hope your daughter has a wonderful time and appreciates her fabulous, hard-working mama. :)

shelly said...

I have 5 daughters. So there was a party everyday at my house. One night we had 25 girls crammed into my house.

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