|Their cakes last year|
I've spent plenty of time in the past agonising over cakes, invitations, venues, and even what sort of balloons to get.
I think my main problem when it comes to organising the party is that I'm too indecisive. And I leave everything until the last minute. It's not really a god combination.
|I got the Thomas cake eventually|
So here we are again. Their party is in three weeks. I booked the venue yesterday and am now in the process of trying to decide which bouncy castle/inflatable slide/soft play area is best. I have actually enquired about cakes (well, asked my mother to anyway) and my mother has found a face painter. The themes are sorted - Ethan wants the Gruffalo and as Oliver has also developed a major love affair with the well known little blue tank engine, he will be having a Thomas theme. I've somehow got to blend the two but I'm sure I can manage that.
Almost done really. Oh wait a minute....
I still need to invite people. I have invited those with Facebook accounts (so easy to set up an event on there), but I've still got Ethan's class to invite and anyone who hasn't succumbed to the dark depths of the aforementioned social networking site.
Then there's tableware, banners, balloons and party bags to think about. Do I go for the easy pre-packed plastic party bags, or spend time lovingly creating my own using the more environmentally friendly (and nicer looking) paper bags?
What about the food and drink? I've always prepared my own buffets and I never cater for the adults. The most I do for them is buy a few bottles of pop so they can have a drink. After all, this is about the children, not the grown-ups who accompany them.
But the latest trend in the school parties is to get sausage and chips from the local chip shop. Easier? Possibly cheaper? I don't know. All I do know is that it's yet another decision to make. I was happy with the way I do things, so don't know if I really want to change.
|I adore these cupcakes|
I think I need a personal assistant to help me with these things. It would be so much easier to just give my requirements and then have someone else do it all for me.
Even then I probably wouldn't be happy though. Yes, I get stressed and worry over every minute detail, but I always get a small sense of satisfaction when it all comes together in the end. Ultimately, as long as my boys enjoy themselves then I'm happy.
So, I've got three weeks to organise the best party that a 5 year old and a 2 year old could wish for. Someone pass the wine, it's going to be a long night.
|Chilling out in soft play|