W – Weekend review
I love when the alphabet lines up exactly with what I would like to write 🙂
What a weekend it was! Double birthday parties; tons of positives but a few negatives too.
– 2 kids are happy and the center of the world in rapid succession. You know how all the siblings feel on their sister birthday… hard to tell a kids “just wait a month!” but not too hard to say “tomorrow! just 12 hours until your turn!”
– All the cleaning and setup goes further. I didn’t feel like I was burning energy by putting up a tent and cleaning for a week because I got the benefit for 2 days rather than 2 hours.
– Renting something big like a bouncer feels more economic when you get two full parties from it, and, having it for 2 full days gives tons of other times that we could enjoy. Our company also gave us a pretty decent discount for the second day and I must say, they were a very easy to work with company and it was absolutely effortless on our part.
– Better with practice – the second party was so much easier because we worked the bugs out on the first round. We did shoot ourselves a bit on that though because I didn’t want Zoe to feel like she had ‘the same’ party so I kept trying to make key things different so not everything had economy of scale.
– crossing your fingers for 2 good weather days in a row. We were the luckiest we could ever hope for, both days were perfect but there was plenty of backup plans just in case.
– Nonstop party – maybe this should also go in the positive but we didn’t have any recovery time. We did have a nice gap since the second party was an early evening party, but, it was still like being chained to a treadmill because things had to get done done done.
– a mutually acceptable date is not a perfect fit for either – This party was 2 weeks after Niamh’s real birthday and 3 weeks before Zoe’s… I think it is easier because we clearly labeled them “Friend Party” but still, Zoe isn’t 5 yet! Give me my last 3 weeks of sweed four year old Zoe!
Overall I think the positives win. My sister does a double party for her sons often because they have mostly the same friends but that won’t really work for us. Some friends overlap but I like the two days. I think half the new school friends mom’s who heard we had another party the day before/after assume I have twins and I’m crazy about letting them have their own party…
Coming up next is a bunch of pictures of Zoe’s party. Yes, it looks a lot like Niamh’s but the 5 year old bunch had some real differences. 5 year olds eat less, are less interested in doing puzzles, are more interested in playing with their dolls and on swings, take a longer time to eat and require real cleaning since they are all messy eaters. You also have to remind them to go to the bathroom. They also are 100% more calm with gift opening, Niamh’s friends were like a mosh pit, Zoe’s all sat quietly – I did try to encourage this by giving them all a blanket spot to sit, and, a box of popcorn to eat while watching. Zoe’s friends all have siblings that came and bounced post party and Niamh’s friends were all gone within 5 minutes of the stated finish time. Niamh’s theme was golden birthday, Zoe’s theme was PJ party. Without further comment, Zoe:
different table cloth
Pizza’s for all
cake (yes, I wore PJ’s too)
sniff… she isn’t 5 yet! Shut up cake!
Animals giving the puzzle a try
blanket ‘goodie bag’ was a hit
It was a wonderful, full, happy weekend.