Y'all, I have a problem. I never stop planning the girls' birthday parties. ;) You'd think that with three girls with birthdays within 3 weeks of each other, I would only think about birthdays a few months of the year. But you'd be wrong. I think I waited a few months before I started thinking about the girls parties for 2014. To be honest, I was actually thinking about the type of parties for the girls the day of their combined party in October. By type, I mean I knew Mackenzie would have a small party with just 5 of her close friends and Meredith and Miranda would be a combined party.
I didn't start thinking about the themes until about a month ago - you know 9 & 10 months before the actual parties. I blame pinterest. It's just too easy to see a pin from someone and expand on that for an entire birthday theme. Too easy for me, anyway. So the themes I thought would be fun were an art party for Mackenzie and an M&M party for my two little M&M's. ;) I pinned some ideas and didn't think much more about it until a couple of days ago. I can't explain it, I just think about things like that. It probably doesn't help that I sit down for 20-30 minutes every three hours to nurse Miranda. When I nurse, I always have my phone or ipad to read or surf the internet. Both have the pinterest app, so I look. Back to my themes. I thought I knew what I wanted to do for the girls and figured I'd start looking at details in March or April. That's what I thought, anyway.
Two days ago I looked at Meredith dressed up as Doc McStuffins and singing all the songs and thought, she would love a Doc McStuffins party! And of course there are a ton of cute party ideas online. I know she may not be into this show in August, but for now I'm thinking about this theme. That's the cool part about always thinking about parties - I can make a pinterest board early on, pin a bunch of ideas and let them simmer. I think about it off and on, the favors, the games/activities, food and see if it still sounds fun. By June, if she's still into it then I'll proceed. If not, we'll find something else. The only issue I have with this particular theme is it being Miranda's party too. For Mackenzie and Meredith's first birthday, I've always had a general theme, not a character theme. It's not really a big deal, it's just that I'll probably do plenty of character parties for years to come, so for their first birthday I like to choose a character free theme. I haven't told Meredith any ideas for her party so she's not set on anything - there's still time to change my mind.
I'm not sure how it came up, but Mackenzie and I started talking about her art party, yesterday. Oh wait, I remember...I made the mistake of asking her what she thought about an art party and now she talks about it at least once a week. :/ Then the topic changed from her wanting an art party for her 6th birthday to a My Little Pony party for her 7th. I told her that the art party wasn't set in stone and if she would rather have a MLP party, she could. She was super excited about that, so I decided to look at my trusty friend, pinterest. Oh my goodness, there is a lot of cuteness that can be had with a My Little Pony Party. Especially when there will be 6 little girls (herself and 5 friends) to match the 6 little pony friends! I already started my spreadsheet! ;) Again, this one is not set in stone, but she has liked MLP for almost a year and her interest doesn't seem to be fading. I think no matter what party theme she chooses, the hardest part for her will be choosing her 5 friends (because our kitchen table seats 6). She's already chosen one friend and decided on which two ponies they will be. She's a planner just like her momma!
So, that's my problem. Only it's not really a problem since I love thinking about things like that. Do you like what we've chosen so far? What kind of themes have you done? Is there one I should consider?
I've got another small party in the works - more like a large play date, but I'll blog about that some other time.