I think its official- I've lost it. Thinking that I could singlehandedly pull off a First Birthday Party Blowout could've been one of my wackiest ideas ever. So what's the big deal? It's just a party. For a One Year Old. Yes, but we have 65 people coming (only 21 children!)- it's almost as large as our wedding although thankfully not as expensive- yet. (Just kidding, honey) And I'm a corporate events planner. It's a cinch planning a medical conference for 200 people, or an awards luncheon for 700; however it gets mighty interesting when it's for your own little one and you want everything to be perfect.
The invites were handmade (I just couldn't seem to find a commercial butterfly-themed one that I liked) and sent weeks ago; it was exciting to get the first non-family RSVP (they really like us!) and then I watched the list grow, and grow. Don't get me wrong, I'm so happy that there are going to be so many people sharing in such a wonderful occasion for little Kiera. It means alot to us. It also means that the house has to be in tip-top shape, digging up enough seating and tables for everyone, and trying to NOT go overboard with the menu or the budget.
We're now at T-minus 31 hours until the big shindig; last night before bed I decided to glance at the "to-do" list one more time and had a coronary that I wasn't going to get it all done. I popped a few Motrin (should've been a Valium) and decided to get to work- washing baseboards, sweeping- redecorating. REDECORATING???!!! At 12:30 a.m. my insane twin decided that my house wasn't up to par and decided to re-hang and accessorize and move stuff around. The list said: "Hang Kiera's Frame" not repaint the candle holders, et cetera. I did get all of the blinds dusted, the cobwebs down, fixtures dusted though. It was just accomplished on the Type-A side.
Who does this for a birthday party? I Googled it and found out that I'm the norm and really NOT insane, just a bit of a Martha when it comes to entertaining. (Don't worry, I am using disposables, but the all had to match and although it is burgers and 'dogs, I want to make sure they are super tasty.) So, I'm off to go bake a cake, finish cleaning, wrap presents, get the guest room ready for mom and have a stiff drink. Kahlua in the latte at 8:30 a.m. isn't frowned upon in some parts of the world........