jeans ~ H&M
shoes, cardi ~ thrifted
tank ~ Target
shoes, jeans, shirt, belt ~ thrifted
jacket ~ megan's
henry's birthday party was a huge success!! while it may be the craziest two hours we ever experience during the year, it's also only two hours a year, so we really can't complain. (four hours with both kids...two hours of screaming boys and two hours of screaming girls just to even it out.) after eight years, i have learned four tricks on how to make the parties somewhat less chaotic.
1. make sure to have it over lunch because this takes up time and keeps them fairly quiet, at least for 15 minutes.
2. plan a project that takes up time and also acts as a party favor. i have never been a fan of the plastic party favors our kids bring home from parties, so i try to have the kids make something that they can bring home. this year, we made iron-on t-shirts. a few other things we've done in the past are snow globes, cookie decorating, and painted masterpieces.
3. only allow the party to last two hours. this should have been number one. three hours is way too long and tries your patience and one hour isn't enough time.
4. this is key...plan it for a saturday. yes, this seems obvious, when else would you plan it? but my reasoning for this isn't as obvious. saturday is key because when you have a drink afterwards, and trust me, you will need one, you still have a whole other day to recover from both the party and the drinking!
of course i say these things in jest. i actually really enjoy throwing parties for the kids. i get make them special cakes every year, which always turn out horribly ugly, but are special nonetheless. and i love to see our kids interact with their friends. the two hours of chaos is so worth it when i see the smiles and laughter that our kids share with their friends.