Nothing like a good old fashioned birthday to get your mind off pain!
My 7 year old was turning 8. She wanted a party at home and of course my first thought was 'oh my gawd'. The stress, the cleaning, the errands, talking o other parents, and planning....blegh
But then I realized might be exactly what I needed. Winter depression, pain, and the long wait for spring maybe be dulled a little by the excitement of planning a party. I used to love it, so maybe I can love it again.
I was right.
She is obsessed with Lil Bub and wanted that to be the theme.
Since you can't exactly go to IParty and get Lil Bub decorations, I was left to making my own. I scoured Pinterest and the internet for anything related to cat parties, kitten parties, Lil bub and basically took a few things from here and there. I got ideas, thought of a few things myself and I got it together.
|We printed out lots of pictures of Lil Bub to use everywhere |
(Personal use people!! To "whom it may concern": Dont sue me!)
|Pictures of Bub in frames|
|A cat mobile with cats from the dollar store around|
wooden knitting rings covered with yarn.
|Cattails and Pussy Willows around the house! |
Although I only got a "cute" from everyone else, I thought this was hilarious and it tickled me to no end! Sometimes you have to entertain yourself!
|I weighted the balloons down with balls of yarn and cat toys|
|Even the bathroom had to be done! (wood burner)|
|Clay poop and a (NEW!) cat scooper and crinkled paper both from the dollar store|
|I rolled yarn around different size Styrofoam balls and wooden mini spools and placed them around with toy mice|
|$1 wooden letters from the craft store painted to match the decor.|
|I made at paw cookies for the kids to take home.|
|I used my Cricut to cut out "It's A Pawty" letter for the banner|
|Boas to choose your own "tail"|
Called in a favor with some nice old ladies at the local supermarket who pulled this off !!! So cute right?!
The birthday girl was very very happy. There were a lot of little details that were time consuming and back breaking, like making tons of tiny balls of yarn, and hanging them from doorways and ceiling fans, but I did not apparently take pictures of everything. I blame "fog".
I still did stress. Type A's do that most of the time no matter what. Everyday I thought of something new to do and everyday I had anxiety that I would not get it done in time. My hands and fingers ached. I had to use patches, Aleve, heating pads and Icy hot a lot for a few weeks. Getting addresses and making sure people got invitations even seemed draining to me but I kept on because I wanted her party to be great.
They slept over and after they were all finally gone I just crashed, on the couch...whew..over. It was so fun but also draining. I happened to have had ZERO help getting this all together, and my body paid for it afterwards. But as many things involving our kids ..
My middle girl happens to have been born on the fourth of July so every year it's sort of a big deal. Either a trip to six flags or a lot of shenanigans and a rented bouncy house in the backyard.
There's only so much you can do in the winter, so I wanted it to be just a big deal for her. Her favorite thing was the T-shirt we made (iron-on) because she can keep "forever". Or...as long as she loves Lil' Bub anyway. She is a pretty cute cat I must say. I wasn't sold in the beginning that I could create an entire party around her, but once I spent a minute reading her story and looking at that cute face I was hooked! And seeing how happy my baby was.....yeah
it was totally worth it!!