It’s that time of the year again. We’ve got two birthdays in a few days. Lily turns 5 on July 22nd and Stella turns 2 on July 24th. I am giving them their own little birthday celebrations at their school. Lily on Friday and Stella on Monday. These are little one hour lunch parties. All I need to bring is a cake, packed lunch and a little loot bag. I’ve been doing this every year since Sophia was in the same pre-school. It’s a lovely little hour. Relatively painless.
I told myself that we are done with big parties. Not until Lily and Stella turn 7. We had a busy year of big parties last year. Every birthday was a milestone – Sophia’s 7th, my 40th, Stella’s 1st and my dad’s 70th. Like a lunatic, I went all out. Hired a party planner and the works. It just dawned on me that I barely shared any photos of those events. I will make some posts about them to share some ideas. Here are a few highlights.
This was Sophia’s 7th birthday last year. I planned this in less than two weeks. I should say, the party planner did. But it took a lot of time from me to “conceptualize.” And I did the give aways. We originally thought that we could get by with just a little school celebration, but I couldn’t stand the thought of not celebrating a milestone. Why is the 7th birthday a milestone anyway? I’m working on a blog post about Sophia’s 7th birthday party.
Patrick insisted it couldn’t go by without a celebration. So we invited close friends and got Up Dharma Down to play a few sets during dinner. Here’s Carlos and Tessa Celdran.
It was a given that we’d give Stella a milestone celebration. I never really hired party planners before, until Sophia’s 7th party. So we went with the same planner, Funstuf. And because Lily got a little one hour school birthday party, we thought we’d make the big party for Stella a sort-of double celebration – with emphasis on Stella’s 1st birthday. We went with Alice in Wonderland. It seemed easy.
For giveaways we had a Photo Balloon booth. It was new back then and it was a hit. I wrote about it here.
We also gave each guest some waterproof personalized stickers. Both the photo balloon and stickers came from this supplier.
For my personal touch, we also gave out these handmade and handpainted wooden birdhouses. We worked like crazy the morning of the party and put some birdseeds, velvet ribbons and cute cards to go with them.
Then by December my whole family traveled from Canada to celebrate my dad’s birthday here. We had the works – a ballroom, all my dad’s retired pilot classmates and friends, speeches, slide show and a band. It was so much fun.
So now, back to the two parties in a few days. I still haven’t ordered the cakes. But I’ll just do those from big chain bakeshops outside our village. Then since both Lily and Stella love Fancy Nancy books (Stella calls her Matty Matty), I gave in and decided to give them a Fancy Nancy party over the weekend. So crazy mother that I am, I’ll be doing three parties in a few days! Friday, Lily’s lunch party at school; Sunday Fancy Nancy party for the two girls; and Monday is Stella’s school party. And I haven’t gotten anything yet! Except invitations. And this time, I’m flying solo. No party planner.
The Fancy Nancy website has a lot of free downloads, so thank goodness!
And to add to the festivities, we are making these big pompom flowers that look so easy to make, according to Martha Stewart. We’ll fill our house with pink and purple pompoms and streamers. That should be good enough. And for fun we will have Craft Camp and 3D Me.
Wish me luck! Three more sleeps and it’s Lily’s day.