Oh, birthday parties. I have such a love/hate relationship with them. Attending other parties is fine and dandy, but throwing our own parties? Stress city for me.
The girls both celebrate birthdays one after the other (February and March), and then Logan follows in April (tomorrow, actually). That means that unless I want to seriously drive myself crazy, they’re going to get a combined party between now until they move out.
Kenny and I went back and forth on if we should have the girls’ party at a park or somewhere else. “Somewhere else” meant spending tons of money on a birthday package somewhere, and it turned out that a park was almost as expensive just to rent a little gazebo.QA
So I found another solution: party at Chick-fil-A! I love it, the kids love it, and Kenny likes their coffee, so it was a done deal.
I thanked my lucky stars that we picked CFA since it rained the morning of their party. We were going to have it out on their patio, but the rain swept us inside. Everyone rolled with the punches, and it worked out since then the kids could frolic inside the play area.
We ordered off their catering menu, and thankfully didn’t have too much leftover. I planned on freezing leftovers, but in reality we just munched on CFA over the weekend.
The girls picked out sparkly sunglasses and bubbles to hand out to their friends, and we bought some fun photo props. Since the Chick-fil-A cow was joining us for part of the party, they also put up a photo backdrop, where we all had fun snapping pics.
And last, but not least, we set out a little mini bundt cake bar! I made some funfetti mini bundt cakes, brought some pink and purple frosting and tons of different kinds of sprinkles, and the kids went to town decorating their cakes!
I totally intended for the little cakes to be favors, so I brought boxes for them to take ’em home, but then they ate them right then and there. Sorry, parents, for the sugar rush that showed up a little later!
In fact, in my head I didn’t even think about them eating their little cakes…so much so that we actually ordered a Costco cake…that we never even brought out. Thankfully, Kenny had no problem getting people to eat it at work that coming Monday.
All in all, it was a really great party. A few friends couldn’t make it, but we were thankful and excited for those who were there.
As much as it stressed me out to have their party, it was really, really fun to see the girls having so much fun with their friends. They’re only little for such a short time, so I need to soak up and enjoy these innocent little birthday parties.