Yesterday was the Bean’s postponed birthday party. We had to push the party back because we were all sick on the weekend of her birthday. I was worried that people wouldn’t come because of the change of date. As the week wore on, more and more people were changing their RSVPs to ‘No’ or ‘Maybe’. We also had a couple of changes from ‘No’ to ‘Yes’, but they were far outnumbered by the former. I was disappointed, but not really all that surprised. These things happen.
Other things happen too, like a power outage in the neighbourhood that shut off the electronic entry system for the community room where we were holding the party an hour before the party was to start. I managed to get into the building because a woman who was working out in the gym heard me knocking on the window. A bunch of time was wasted figuring out what to do, which meant I wasn’t actually properly set up for the party at 3pm. Luckily, no one was on time.
By the time the party started we were expecting 10 guests (6 parents and 4 kids). An hour and a half into the two hour party, only two families had arrived and the rental of our community room was feeling a little ridiculous. But then the other two families showed up and the party really got started. Thank goodness there was no one scheduled to use the room after us because we partied well past the 5pm end of our rental time. The kids and dads played hard, and the moms got a chance to chat. It turned out four kids at a two-year-old’s birthday party is just about perfect. They all had room to run around, and they all got along really well.
I was pretty proud of my rubber duck/bath time theme. There were duck-shaped sandwiches and white chocolate ducks on top of blue cream cheese frosted lemon cupcakes. There was a “bathtub” (baby pool) ball pit with white balloons representing bubble bath. A tent held all of the Beans bath toys, including her good sized collection of rubber duckies. I also set up a station with a bunch of percussion instruments for the kids to play with, since music is one of the Bean’s other favourite things. All three stations got used a lot, and the kids really had a great time. One mom even said her daughter hadn’t had that much fun with a group of kids in a long time. Score one for Mommy!
The goodie bags each had a Birthday Party rubber ducky, two Easter eggs filled with homemade playdough (thanks Mom), and an animal-shaped cookie cutter – for use with the playdough or for making fun-shaped sandwiches.
I love planning parties. And I managed to do this one without spending a ton of money. Some of the plans didn’t work out. I wanted to make a duck-shaped cake and have more ducky decorations. But the cake disintegrated when I took it out of the pan, and the helium balloons that we decorated with were highly popular with the kiddies. I don’t think anyone missed out, except maybe the people who couldn’t come.
I had a lot of fun, and I know the Bean did too, and that’s what really counts, right?