Monday, May 7, 2012
Planning Grace’s 3rd Birthday Party
Here in our little household, I'm in full party planning mode as Grace’s birthday is midway through this month. Not that I’m planning anything over the top, it’s just that I want to be organised. With her party set to be on the weekend following her actual big day, that gives me pretty much a fortnight to sort things out in amongst the usual day to day running of our household and looking after our girls 24/7.
So far, I’ve made a little birthday countdown calendar based on a Christmas Advent one I’d seen on the Mondocherry blog. Each morning after breakfast, Grace carefully removes a link and we count how many sleeps are left until her big day. It’s a great way for her to understand the concept of passing time.
I’ve been thinking of ideas for Grace’s party pretty much since the start of the year but in the end decided to let Grace choose which cake she would like, seeing as it is her birthday and not mine. I saved a few images in a file and let her flick through them to see what she liked. Each time, she kept coming back to the layered rainbow cake. Nothing could sway her decision towards a ‘simpler to make cake.’ However, I’ve decided to keep things as easy as possible and will limit the cake to four different coloured layers instead of the traditional seven, make some simple decorations and lolly bags and if time permits, a rainbow skirt for the birthday girl to wear.
Yesterday, using a file of digital images I purchased from ‘hello love too’ on Etsy, I designed and printed Grace’s invites which you can see above. Paul suggested I just email everyone to make things easier but I really enjoy designing invites for our parties and I still think there is something special about receiving one in the mail. Grace helped attach the stamps and we posted them this morning. My next job is to sort out the food and perhaps even make some things to freeze ahead of time.
Also, thank you all for your advice on my last post. I appreciated all of your suggestions in my comments. Grace woke up yesterday still in her pyjamas. I jumped around in excitement and told her how happy she’d made her Mummy. However, when I checked on her last night, she had done a change into her summer pyjamas!! I’ll keep you posted on our progress…