I do this to myself every time!!
Being a new mom comes a set of new problems… Diapers, potty training, eating enough? Not enough, possible food allergies, worry, ear infections, germs, daycare, discipline, parenting style, Runny noses, bumps and bruises, walking, talking, the list goes on #foreverandever and then there’s this new thing: BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Where do I even begin? First things first, who invented Pinterest? Yeah, you, ok I have to admit that I really can’t live without Pinterest #inspiration, but over time I have developed a love/hate relationship with this app.
I discovered it during maternity leave and it was #loveatfirstpin. What a genius idea! Then it became too much, I would spend the entire nap time on it and then I broke up with Pinterest #itsnotyouitsme. But then I was back!! As my daughter was turning ONE and of course I had to throw an epic theme party #duh
The problem for me is that once you click on something and pin it to your board you keep finding more and more and drift off to something else and the #grassisgreener syndrome starts..what if I find something better, more original and different and then after hours of this , you realize you are wasting your time going nowhere and nothing gets done #storyofmylife
After realizing this and running out of time, I decided to just do color themes and one thing. I did I cupcakes and confetti theme. Colours were pink and purple and cupcakes everything it turned out ok, nothing like Pinterest that’s for sure, because who has time and energy to DIY everything. As a full time working mom I certainly don’t have both. This brought up the question: why do moms of this generation strive for the perfect theme with every little hand made detail to color coordinate and match? Does your kid even know the difference?
This generation focuses way too much on things like this and I am victim of this phenomenon. It’s like we are all competing to have the best photographed party. #digitallife. I think we do it to impress other adults, sure kids like it, but I don’t it changes their life.
I was an 80’s kid and there was none of that. Moms were stay at home type and they made you a Betty Crocker cake decorated with a few sprinkles and candles, a few streamers and balloons did the trick, birthday hats and a couple of pin the tail on the donkey games. That’s it. No fancy candy stations, mile high fondant themed cakes and entertainment coming to your house. I don’t know why it has all changed.
Anyway, my daughter is about to turn TWO and guess where I have been spending my free time? Ugh! I can’t help it, this year black, white, pink and teal and a certain mouse eared character. And I wanted to make it smaller , but I realized I can’t.
She now has friends #daycare or my friends have kids and as for family, just the immediate fam is like 15 people, and then I invite 1 person, I have to invite the other and so on. #thereisnoend. what’s my guilt this year? I feel like I have invited way too many people and I can’t un-invite them. #firstworldproblems.
It’s a catch 22. Either I make it small and then people complain that I didn’t invite so and so or invite everybody and then there is too many people. I have to pick my battles and I’m letting this one go.
In the end, I must remember that this birthday party is not about having the most designed coordinated pretty party nor about a big or small guest list; it’s about celebrating my daughters second year of life. To you C, happy birthday darling!
Rosy P xx