June is here and with it comes our round of Summer celebrations. We literally have a birthday party every Saturday for the next 3 weeks. Then we’ll get a week “off” to recoup and prepare for our 4th of July celebrations. My one and only nephew, Xander, turned the big o-4 today (well yesterday considering it’s already 1:30am). I promised my sister I would help her setup for the party on Saturday while Ellie has the big job of playing with her little cousin until party time.
Ellie isn’t taking the “job” lightly. She has already packed a backpack full of toys she thinks he’ll like. Never mind the fact that he has a bedroom overflowing with everything and anything they could possibly want to play with. There is definitely no arguing with a 4 year old (who reminded me today she’s closer to 5!) when she sets her mind to something. I think the Scorpio in her is definitely shining through!
Then comes next week. I seriously can’t believe my baby girl is going to be 1 in 9 days! What happened to the last year? I swear this one went way faster than Ellie’s first year. Most of the decorations have been bought, and the stuff for activities is in the process of being made. I’ve got so much to do next week I don’t know how I’ll get it all done. It may seem a bit excessive to throw a big bash for Aubrey’s 1st birthday, but we’re doing it for a good reason. We’re also using the party to celebrate the fact that my sis-in-law, Sam, is home from the hospital and doing great! She was locked in that dreaded place for 74 days, and we’re happy to have her home.
So, Aubrey’s 1st birthday/Sam’s welcome home party will be a luau. I like to choose party themes with decorations we can reuse many times instead of 1st birthday specific decor. We’re planning a large kiddie pool for the big kids, a small splash pool for the babies, a treasure hunt, some bubble fun, and Ellie swears we can’t have a luau without doing the Limbo. I don’t know where she even learned the Limbo, but she’s dead set on it…yet again showing her power to set her mind to something and accomplish it! She’s been practicing all week with my broom stick propped between two chairs, and just watching her get down low makes my back hurt. Oh to be a kid again!
I still have to figure out the food situation. I originally wanted to do crock pot barbecue, but I’m not sure if I’ll accomplish that or not. It’s a matter of finding enough pork butt at a decent price. I’ve been diligently watching meat sales for a few weeks, and so far the price hasn’t been within my budget for the amount of meat we would need to buy. We only have a small number of kids coming to the party, but with all the adults in our family we tend to have around 40-50 people present for birthdays. Considering we’re having a late afternoon party and not something at mealtime I may be able to pull off my pulled pork idea in a snack size form. We’ll just have to see!
I think the hardest part of planning her birthday party is keeping myself off Pinterest. I already have so many ideas, and my Pinterest stockpile keeps growing. The problem is I don’t have the time, money, or energy to do everything. I tend to forget I can save those ideas for many future birthday parties to come.