Jenn from A Simple Haven and I are exploring what it means to live purposefully in a world that bombards us with a million good things. Online, the message seems to be that we can do it all. The truth is we cannot do everything.
We’re two moms on a journey toward being ok with this and fully embracing the season of life that we’re in–with all of its joys and limitations.
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My big/little girl turned four a few weeks ago. Three days after Christmas is when she was born and that is when we celebrate her. I know we could host a party earlier in the month or maybe even this month, in January but so far we’ve celebrated right on the day and I like it that way.
It’s a little crazy planning a party three days after Christmas, and a birthday party nonetheless. It’s not even a gift exchange or something Christmasy. Last year, I pored over Pinterest in late November and early December. I pinned lots of ideas and texted all my thoughts to my sister and asked her opinions on the favours. It was a wonderful party but I knew I couldn’t do that again this year.
I didn’t want to be exhausted by all the ideas, all the stuff and all the prep for a party as well as Christmas. We were planning to go away for a few days before Christmas and I knew I would be doing well just to prep all the Christmas stuff before we left on a little trip.
I do love a good party. But I am also learning to slow down and listen to the people around me, to know their needs and wants and to be intentional with my time. I am also learning to listen to what is good for me, to know my needs and to know that life goes in seasons. I’ve been seeing Pinterest differently as well these days, I don’t see it as all the things to do but rather as a visual inspiration board. I love all the pretty details of parties and I am so inspired by moms who host those parties for their littles. (go read these posts to see such a mom) But I also know that in this season, simpler is better and a happier/well-rested mum is better for all of us.
My Kilmeny is an extrovert, she loves people! All she wanted for her birthday was breakfast in bed and a houseful of friends as well as pink and sparkles everywhere.
And that is exactly what we did. We emailed several friends and invited them over to share cupcakes and coffee for a couple of hours. We invited parents and little sisters as well and ended up with a houseful of nine little girls. It was marvellous.
I created a simple birthday banner using scrapbook paper and stencils and a favourite picture of my girls together. I used an empty frame and it made a perfect backdrop for the cupcakes. Pink flowers and a pink sparkly ‘K’ picked up on clearance added some fun touches and made it a pink day. We served coffee and tea in fancy tea cups (because my wise friend says to use your fancy stuff). I filled a pitcher with water and added frozen berries- cranberries, strawberries and blueberries. Mason jars make the best glasses (in my opinion) and they are super trendy right now which satisfied my little stylistic heart.
It was a beautiful day. Simple and meaningful with conversations amongst all the grownups. My husband makes the best coffee and he made sure that everyone had something to drink and was introduced to each other. The girls played as little girls do, not needing anything but their imagination to create games.
I was relaxed and even got to enjoy a hot cup of coffee while talking with some of our friends. It wasn’t something you would find on Pinterest and it wasn’t the detailed party that I want to throw someday but it was perfect for this season.
How do you plan parties in your house? Do you have any December birthdays, when do you celebrate them?