So not too long ago my biggest baby Harley turned 5. I never knew a ‘simple’ party could be so stressful! Right from the word go, this birthday party was going to be simple.
Sausages on the BBQ
Simple and stress free, right WRONG!
So I asked my son what kind of cake he would like? And over the next few weeks it went something like this;
Following his decision to have an Angry Birds cake, he then decided we needed an angry birds costume.
This was followed by a 2 hour trip to our local Kmart, where the costume turned into $150 worth of party decorations, party games and a pirate costume!
WAIT.... Did I say pirate?
Yep that's right while in Kmart the 'party theme' (because we were having a theme) change another 4 times before I made the executive decision,that pirate accessories where far more common and a cheaper option!
Sausages on the BBQ
Apparently a few snags doesn't count as a BBQ in our days.
'A sanga sandwich, just isn’t a sanga sandwich without, onion,
bacon and mushrooms' claimed the father of the birthday boy.'
You also need some snacks for while the BBQ is cooking, cooking
a BBQ is hungry work.' He continued 'we better have a few healthy
options, just in case people are dieting.'
Mind you when he said 'we' he really just meant me!!
So now my shopping list had grown from sausages and bread to;
So not only did my $50 worth of sausages turn into $200 of shopping
but also hours of preparation and a very tired mummy.
The Favourite Park
So my son chose our local Botanical Gardens and I thought it sounded like a great idea, so after some advice from a friend, that its a local hotspot for parties, we sent out invitations for 10am, to ensure we had a BBQ.
Mean while id personally never been there before. So the day before the party my son and I race out to see;
So I pull up in the car park and I can't see any playground? The first thing I do is start brain storming. Brain storming how to cart in all the supplies, without doing 20 trips back and forth from the car park! So we find the play ground and Harley is so excited, 'I can't wait to find the treasure!' he says Treasure!! What??
Yep apparently EVERY pirate party has a treasure hunt and since dad agreed it seems I was out numbered! AGAIN.. I wonder whose organising this treasure hunt??
The night before;
I'm in the car on my way home from work. My brain is working over time, trying to plan and priorities the birthday preparations. Its 8:30 so at least the kids will be asleep, right? Wrong again. On arrival home and am met by fully charged children, bouncing off the walls.
Fast forward a few hours
Kids in bed - DONE
Presents wrapped - DONE
Pass the parcel - DONE
Treasure chest cake topper - DONE
Dad asleep on the couch - DONE
Fast forward a few more hours
Treasure hunt clues done - DONE
Piñata filled - DONE
Pirate ship fruit platter - DONE
Everything packed ready to take - DONE
A list of things still need to make - DONE
A list of things needed from the shop - DONE
So I finally crawl into bed around 1:30am just to set an alarm for 6am.
Awaken to alarm
Have a shower - DONE
Make veggie sticks - DONE
Cheese and salami platter - DONE
Dad and kids wake - DONE
Harley opens birthday presents - DONE
Forgot to take photos - DONE
Feed kids - DONE
Find dad next door at a garage sale - DONE
Pack everything in the car - DONE
Run back inside for sun screen - DONE
Race to the shops - DONE
Pick up cake - DONE
Drive to location - DONE
Over load the pram, so I can hardly push it - DONE
Hide treasure hunt clues - DONE
Setup table - DONE
Hang decoration - DONE
Guests arrive - DONE
Kids play games - DONE
Dad cooks BBQ - DONE
Clean up - DONE
Arrive home and clean more.
Harley 'This was the best birthday ever!!'
Dad 'It was pretty good, all parties should be that simple!'
Me 'The best party ever should involve sending out invitations and showing up on the day!
That's what I call 'stress free and simple'
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