Planning a child’s birthday party is a full-time job
This time last year I was in full first birthday planning mode. It was still two months away but it was a combined birthday party and baptism so it was going to be massive.
And it was.
More than 90 adult and kids, an entire restaurant to ourselves, belly dancers, Samoan dancers and a balloon twister. It was a fun albeit tiring day.
And it cost the equivalent of two weeks on a tropical island — airfares included.
If I’m being totally honest, it was probably a bit over the top but he’s our firstborn so why not?
I have no doubt bubba has zero recollection of the day (which is why we spent $$$ on a professional photographer).
This year I’m thinking something a little less understated. Maybe just a family barbecue and a $7 mud cake from Woolies.
Who am I kidding?
I’m already tossing up themes — Wiggles v Dinosaurs v Diggers v Postman Pat. And I’m already putting away any spare cash (ha!) to pay for the overpriced cake and catering.
Next on my checklist is where to have it. Home is out of the question — firstly because I’d have to clean the house top to bottom (and who’s got time for that) and, secondly, I can just imagine the mess a bunch of two-year-olds will do to the place.
So I’m thinking a hall or park. And a jumping castle, and soft play equipment …
In all seriousness, we count ourselves extremely blessed to even be in the position of planning a child’s birthday parties.
As he approaches his second birthday, I still pinch myself that I’m actually his mother.
While most of my friends are now planning their kids’ 16th and 18th birthdays, I’m about to start toilet training.