I Want a Do-Over...

Alternate working title? Luck of the Irish My Ass.

Please excuse the interruption in the series of "My Birthday Parties Rock" posts yesterday. But as you may have noticed I had a bad St. Patty's Day. Not because it was St. Patty's day, but because I had to resort to selling my soul in order to pay for express shipping for Littlest Pet Shop party supplies. Yes, I should've started looking before, but I knew they made plates and napkins and all sorts of useless crap with the LPS plastered all over just for kid's parties. I saw them in catalogs and online. So I figured they'd be all over in stores too. NOT.SO.MUCH.

Today, right now, I should be cleaning in anticipation of the rugrats coming on Saturday. Which by the way, um, do parents not RSVP anymore? Or are all my kid's friends imaginary? Yeah, so not motivated to begin cleaning yet as I know my kids will just make more messes when they get home. I know it will get done, I always finish mopping before... um, as guests knock on the front door.

So, me? I am procrastinating. Which means, yep you guessed it. More party pictures. Just a little note, the parties are completely over the top, but we really don't buy much at all in the way of presents, the girls know the party is their present so to speak. Also, my parties rock, but my house is almost always a disaster of epic proportions. Some of us have beautifully squeaky clean houses, some of us host a great party. It's good to play up your strengths I say.

Breanna's 5th year was all about Kim Possible. We changed venues and held the party in our community clubhouse. A really big nice room, and a kitchen, we only had to pick up afterwards, but costs $$ to rent, now more than when we first moved in, so this was a one time deal.
The kids played some game which I know we cleverly named, but can not remember so many years later, where they knocked over Kim and her friends with glowy bouncy balls. It was a huge hit.

DNAnimal Toss. Hubby painted DNAmy and we bought these horrible cheap stuffed animals from Oriental Trading which looked a bit like their DNA was off.
Pin the tail on Rufus. We always try to pin on something.
They had Bueno Nachos for lunch and then "Taco" cake, all chocolate and cookie. YUM!
They also got to take home glowy balls and DNA animals. I know their parents loved me. *

At 6 she wanted to camp out in the back yard. We weren't ready for a backyard full of crying kindergarteners at midnight. So we invited everyone to Day Camp.

They fed the bear to keep him happy. How tiny and cute is Brookie at 2 years?
Ate their beans and franks in tents.Had a log campfire cake.
And of course toasted marshmallows.
They took home flash lights, binoculars and compasses.

...to be continued. If I survive the week.

* I can't believe I haven't been telling about the take homes. I HATE goodie bags full of candy, so I don't do them. But the kids always have something fun to take home. The sock hop was blow up guitars and shades. Pirate party: swords, and booty in the form of mardi gras beads and other plastic jewelry. Outer Space: "moon" rocks aka geodes, and something else great I'm sure. Oy my memory of this party is so bad, nursing baby and all.


Awesome! I had a horrible St Patty's day too.

March 18, 2009 at 4:48 PM  

awe hell there goes my idea for bags full of crappy candy at Carly's party.

March 18, 2009 at 5:56 PM  

I said I hate the goody bags, the girls, oh they LOVE them!

March 18, 2009 at 7:12 PM  

I have loved the birthday posts. I have yet to put on a kid birthday party, but I am storing all of the ideas I am stealing from you until then (and I will give you credit...everything will say, "Stolen from Karen on For the Love of Pete," if that is okay).

I love that you go all out. My mom did the same thing for us. Few people do that anymore, and I totally think it is sad. All the parties are at party places, restaurants, or even clothing stores. Instead of the ultimate, creative event, kid parties are a giant marketing scheme. Lame.

You rock my socks off.

March 18, 2009 at 7:21 PM  

You totally win the Heisman of Birthday parties. i agree on the goody bag thing. My kids' birthday is nearly halloween, so we gave things like Halloween flashlights and decorations (duh like 3 days later they weren't going to have a giant bag of candy from trick or treating?!)

March 18, 2009 at 11:25 PM  

Great parties....puts our "kitty" party to shame.(face painting and pin the tail on the kitty. MEOW) :0
I also loathe the goody bags filled with junk. I try to do a few little quality items also...
great pictures.

March 19, 2009 at 7:08 AM  

You are making me want to spend a day pawing through the photo box for birthday cake pics--maybe on spring break.

You definitely rock the party.

March 20, 2009 at 12:35 PM  

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