It had to happen eventually. For the past 4 years we have done outdoor venues for birthday parties, and have had really good luck with the weather. This year we did the birthday party one week later than normal, and luck was not on our side.
The weather dropped from 17 degrees on Friday to 4 on Saturday. I had made a deal with the vendor of the Bouncy House that we would watch the weather and make a decision by noon. By 11, I called her and cancelled. It was way too cold, plus it was starting to rain.
I had a loose backup plan on place, so we went to plan B. I had already set up a craft table, so we grabbed a few more supplies for that. My brother also came to the rescue by setting up a projector and screen so we could have a makeshift movie theater. Danielle even lent us her popcorn maker again so we could add to the atmosphere. I was slightly nervous because we had about 65-70 guests confirmed, and the space isn’t huge.
Sometimes things that happen are happy accidents. I should have known that kids know how to have fun no matter what the situation. Here is how the party went down…
I spent the morning getting everything set up while the girls were at another birthday party with Tyler. My dad came to help out and all together it took about 4 hours to get the space ready. I have said it before and I will say it again, I do love a theme. However, trying to blend the two themes was a nightmare, so I basically just didn’t! The girls were adament that they wanted to share the party, and to be honest a lot of the guest list is the same so it works out. I decided to just roll with the punches and sprinkle a little dino here, a little minion there.
I had a lot of fun with the themed foods this year, especially with the dinosaur theme. Everything got gobbled up pretty fast too, so looks like the selection worked too. We kept it pretty simple this year, and with the exception of the cakes, bruschetta and carving the watermelon, I didn’t make any of the food. My poor dad drove all the way from Edmonton and ended up outside grilling hot dogs for everyone in the cold!
The cakes were both major fails. I actually used to be pretty good at making cakes, but there were a few critical errors with these ones:
1. Doing them on almost no sleep
2. I used store bought icing instead of making buttercream. I have never done this before and it made the fondant really sloppy and hard to reposition.
As much as I was embarassed to set them out, the girls loved them and that is what matters.
With the drastic drop in weather, we decided to add coffee and hot chocolate (and Bailey’s of course) to our drink selection and we went through a ton of it! We also had wine and beer, and juices for the kids.
I always do a treat bag “bar” now, because kids can pick what they want and play with it right away. This time was no exception and the kids were hysterical with the minion goggles on.
I lost my phone about half way through the party so didn’t get as many pictures as I would have liked. We turned on the block rocker and had music and the light show while the kids crafted and played and ate. Most of those crazies went outside in the freezing cold rain and played anyway. We managed to reel them in for cake and pinatas, and then popped the movie on to keep them somewhat settled.
The party wrapped up around 6, and Danielle (who despite my protests stayed and did most of the take down) and I picked away at packing things up. I loaded up the girls and the balloons after it was mostly done.
Ty and I came back the next morning to haul away the FOUR bags of garbage we created and do the final sweep and mop. It is always a little bittersweet to have the party wrap up for another year.
Our girls were absolutely spoiled with gifts, but even moreso with love. I was chatting with a friend about how parties will change soon, and it will be just a few school friends getting together. We lamented how sad that would be, because then all of us grownups wouldn’t get the chance to hang out!
We are just so lucky to be raising our kids in such a community of support and love. I love how our kids have so many cheerleaders and people to lean on, and this is my wish for them always. My girls are so special to me, and it is wonderful to know others feel the same way about them. The girls told me their party was “such a blast, like a hundred!”, so I am happy it got their seal of approval!