Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Most delicious vanilla frosting ever. (The recipe calls for vanilla paste? I use vanilla extract and my family loves it).
Trust me, your cake will disappear, more than half the first night and it will be gone when you get home from work the next day.  Gone.
Kya’s actual birthday was yesterday and I am still feeling the effects of the party.  Parties have pros and cons.  After her little shin dig on Saturday, I made an executive decision, that friend parties will be every other year. 
Having strangers over definitely pushed me to get some things done around the house that I’ve been dragging my feet on, but the pressure I put on myself was heav-eee. 
I was still in a jeans, a messy t-shirt and slippers when the first guests started to arrive.
It was difficult making sure the girls were playing nice.  “Kya open my present first”  “Can we go play dolls” “Can we go to your room”
Let alone managing the party while hosting, greeting guest, escorting folks out, passing out goodie bags, attending to children with no parents?!?  Forget about taking pictures.  I didn’t have enough arms, ears or feet.  And honestly, I felt like it didn’t go over well at all. 
But fortunately, I did get some pictures (and my neighbor helped me too).  So when I got to see her expressions captured that made me feel a lot better – she had a great time.  This also helped me realize that picture perfect parties is a joke, there is absolutely no way to pull that off without extra hands around. 
I couldn’t have done it without help, so I was sure to thank the kiddos who cleaned, played DJ, just full on came to Mommas rescue without complaint.  The big spender in me gave them each a tub of gum…
these goobers counted them one-by-one. Who does that? My kids.
I must know, do you have big birthday parties every year?  Is there a secret to their success?  Dish…

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