If you know me, then you know I love Pinterest. I love it so much that I usually search things on Pinterest before I search them on Google. I am inspired when I go there. I want to make, create, and just look at pretty things.
But sometimes, those inspirations can turn into over the top, elaborate ordeals that become stressful and expensive.
Every year I take so much joy in the planning of my kids’ birthday parties. It is just so much fun. We have done The Hungry Caterpillar, Sunshine and Lemonade, Mickey and Minnie, and a Pirates and Mermaids party. Each year I do custom invitations, themed cakes, handmade decor and favors. We serve lunch and drinks and spend an outrageous amount of money just to have it Pinterest-perfect.
But the night before and the morning of I end up miserable. I feel guilty for over-spending, I am so stressed as I finish making the matching mouse ears for all of the kids or giant paper flowers. The planning-a BLAST, the execution-a nightmare.
This year we decided to scale back. I wanted to enjoy the party. Keep the decor and details simple. We invited the kids’ friends from school (I used store-bought invites!) and we did it on a Saturday afternoon at the park. We served snacks and cupcakes (that I made!) and just had a couple of games. The result: a perfect party.
I enjoyed watching the kids have fun with their friends, open their presents, and stuff their faces with cupcakes. I wasn’t up to all hours of the night working on insignificant details that no one would even recognize but me.
At the end of the party, one mom approached me and thanked me for for putting on such a sweet party. So there you have it. You have permission to not have a theme, not serve lunch, and not have the Pinterest-perfect party. In fact, you have permission to not even go on Pinterest! What is important is that your little one feels special and that you find joy in that.