When my daughter turned two, it was a big deal. Big! We rented a play gym, did a whole Hungry Caterpillar thing with details down to her hand sewn dress and ridiculous cake that took me days to make. I'll just dust my shoulder off and tell you I was a fabulous mom that year.
This year, not so much. Last year I was ambitiously pregnant and feeling guilty about Bee's last hurrah as The Center Of Everything. Nesting instincts helped to execute the well-coordinated birthday stunt. But this year? I have a baby and too many things to carry. So when Bee's third birthday rolled around yesterday, we decided on a low key playdate party with just her cousins and a friend or two. What I'm trying to say is I'm tired. Also lazy!
But you can have a great party even if it's small. Right? It's in the details! I love details! I just don't like paying $500 for a giant play space, hauling cakes and presents around town or moving the furniture to squish 50 people into my city (read: tiny) living room then spending three days mopping. So I present to you my new concept for toddler birthdays: the well-appointed, albeit sparsely populated, play date party.
First, we picked a theme. Bee is a Christmas baby, so we have to make sure it screams BIRTHDAY while still taking advantage of the season (okay, that part is for me, mwahahah!) Also, it has to be gender neutral since my girl likes to hang around dudes. *scratches head* Ah, a peppermint tea party! The boys can wear these mad hatter candy cane hats and we can do lots of peppermint details. Boom.
All this went off yesterday morning and by nap time we were cleaned up with the dishwasher humming. High five, Lazy!
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