In September we celebrated my sweet girl’s third birthday. Our heads were all about getting our renovation underway now that the summer crazy had passed, and as much as I didn’t want to, I knew we needed to stop and celebrate.
I have been really inspired lately by a book I noticed on my sister’s coffee table that I couldn’t put down by Myquillyn Smith (known as “The Nester” in the blogging world) called The Nesting Place. Her motto is that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. This just rang so true to my ears. She really encourages the WHY behind creating our home. Thar why is to create memories by welcoming our family and friends, even if things aren’t just so.
So for my sweet girl who this year really understood what a birthday celebration was about (“Everyone’s going to sing to ME, mommy!” And “I want a cake with fire on it!”), we hosted our party with plywood floors and half demo’d walls- and she loved every minute.
I got in the spirit of things and drove myself crazy making all.the.things. Don’t be fooled by the pretty pictures, we were one step away from disaster the entire time. I tried my first naked cake and decided to alter the frosting recipe to make it “lighter”. It was a mess spilling out of the cake, and it slid right off of the cupcakes. (It was however, delicious!)
Since I had procrastinated on the party so long, I didn’t have time to send out invitations and sent a group text invite instead. I realized a few hours before the party that I hadn’t heard from my sister in law. After frantically searching through all my texts, I realized I had accidentally sent her invite to another friends number. And the wind started howling right before our guests arrived, bringing in the wildfire smoke from the horrendous wildfires our area battled.
My oldest son kept glancing at me with a cautious eye with each new trial, waiting to see if I was going to lose it. I think someone above was really testing my newly adopted adage it doesn’t have to be perfect .
We pressed on and turned things around. The wind and smoke cleared and we were able to enjoy one of my favorite parties yet. The pure joy on her face was worth it.
We had heels, boas, and jewels for the girls to dress up in. The boys had fun wearing bow-ties and stick on mustaches. These also doubled as party favors to send home with our guests.
We played a few easy games- first the kids had to carry as many sugar cubes as their age across the lawn on a silver spoon and drop them into their designated teacup. Then we split the kids into two groups and had them fill a bowl with water from a cup and saucer balanced on their heads.