Monday, August 20, 2012

Chey's Birthday & My Thoughts

Warning this is a really long post.

Okay so we had her party last week and it was awesome.  We did these things ...
So I have been planning here party since last August.  Most people have asked me why I started planning it so early.  I am a planner, I like to have things done way early so that I don't have to stress the couple of weeks before the party.  I stress out to much if I don't prepare.  So that is one reason, the other is that I shop around for along time to find the best prices since we are usually broke.

Another big reason is that I only do a birthday party every other year starting at the age of five.  Part of this reason is they won't remember them before they are five.  Kids do not need a birthday party every year, I think that kids come to expect it if they get one every year.  And I only do them until they are 11, after that they don't really care about parties, they just want to hang with friends anyway.  So the ages of 5, 7, 9, and 11 are party years.

These are just my opinions and everyone else can keep doing things they way that they want.  I have thought about this for all of the years leading up to this and this is the best decision for me.  For the years of 6, 8, and 10, they will get to have a friend sleep over or something like a special movie night with one friend.  We will still do cake and icecream with the family.

Cheyenne had so much fun and every kid that was invited showed up, so we had a good turnout.  I made the lunch boxes, and in the lunch boxes we had uncrustables, hi-c juice boxes, string cheese, grapes, and carrots.  These were a big hit with the kids.  For the adults I made chicken salad and put it on french bread, we had a fruit tray (strawberries, grapes, and kiwi and blueberry greek yogurt to dip it in - hands down the brst fruit dip ever) I cut up veggies (carrots, cucumber, and celery with ranch to dip them in) and then we had tortilla chips and salsa and sour cream dip, it was awesome.  For dessert I made bait cups, chocolate pudding with oreo crumbs and gummy worms, I even went to the deli and bought styrofoam cups to make them look like real bait cups.

We made the butterfly life cycle in pasta as the craft and had a couple of relay races, using a fly swatter and toy bugs.  In the gift bags I had bug houses, butterfly nets, tweezers, and magnifying glasses for a bug kit.  I also put in fairy garden kits that the kids could go home and decorate, in them there was bird houses, pebbles for a walk way, and a flower.

She got so many fun things for her birthday and all of the kids.  Thankfully we were able to have it outside.

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