Okay, I know you’ve seen them. Those parties where every last detail matches the color scheme or theme. I’ve seen them pinned and repinned on Pinterest.
And, truth be told…I’ve pinned quite a few myself.
But, then a special birthday approaches and I know there is no way our celebration will look Pinterest perfect.
It used to bother me. But lately I’ve been thankful I don’t have to live up to Pinterest-worthy standards and I can instead simply celebrate and enjoy being with my family.
Maybe someday I’ll have the time, resources, and desire to make my parties a little more coordinated than they are now, but I seriously doubt our family parties will ever go viral on Pinterest.
We recently celebrate Eliya’s fifth birthday with no matching paper goods or fancy balloons. We didn’t purchase coordinating gift wrap or plan an elaborate dinner or finger food spread.
Instead we invited family, told them we were having finger foods and dessert, and actually accepted help when they asked if we’d like them to bring something to eat.
We ended up with chicken salad and rolls, two cheese and cracker trays, chips and salsa, two veggie trays, popcorn, cookies, mini cupcakes, cake and ice cream. More than enough with leftovers to prove it!
We didn’t play any planned games. Instead all the cousins watched a movie, talked, and played while the adults caught up and passed around babies.
No one worried about getting to the next item on the schedule.
We sang and snapped photos and enjoyed just being together!
And because things didn’t have to be perfect…
the kids got to help make homemade sprinkles…
and they loved decorating personal snack boxes for popcorn…
and Eliya decorated her own birthday cake, which made her feel like five years old is very grown up indeed 🙂
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