I have read quite a few blogs about kiddies birthday parties. About how not to go overboard and spend too much money and how party packs are not great and all the things that can be left out of kids parties.
I have always been honest with myself…HB is too young to even know when it is birthday, the party is for me. I love doing it. I really like the little details and this is the first birthday party we are having for him with other children.
I like the idea of a themed party. I know I do not have to sew party favours and I could spend my evenings doing other things besides ironing on Vilene bondaweb and cutting out spiders. I have enough work to keep me busy and I could do with more sleep. I like doing it. I like walking through the shops trying to find the perfect plastic spider. I like designing the cake. I like making my own homemade cookies. I like planning the decorations.
I am the kind of person that loves Google and every time I do, I learn something new. Like Vilene bondaweb does not peel of pongee silk without wrecking the fabric. Hey, now I know the basics of appilque.
I learned to stick a marble into a balloon before you blow it up in order for it to stick up without helium.
I learned how to colour red icing.
I learned about ruffled tablecloths.
I know my three year old will not appreciate the details now but I do know one day when he is older, he will have some nice photos to look at. I am not a believer in sweet filled party packs, not because I do not give my child sweets, but because I do not think much thought and effort was put into it. I do my own thing because I love crafting and I have the ability to look at something and sew or make it. I know not everyone can do that, but that is not reason to knock the people who can. Crafty Moms are considered by other moms to be showing off. Showing off is not necessarily true. I have a sense of achievement in sewing the Spidey capes and masks. I love doing something different and extending my skills. Other Moms are brilliant cooks or have more patience or are better at teaching. Some Moms, like me, are good at making things and do silly things like home-made playdough and fishing sets We make our own baby cots and cribs and paint out own nursery and make our own sleeping sacks and receiving blankets and burp cloths and car seat covers; just because we enjoy it.
I am pretty sure there are Moms out there who want to show off with their perfectly appointed kiddies birthday party, but I think that is not all Moms. And if you want to show off, so what? We all deserve praise for a job well done.
I am going to enjoy planning Honeybear’s 3rd birthday. I will love going overboard and making a backdrop and a special kiddies table. None of the kids will notice, but I will and I will feel like I have achieved something as a mother to make up for all the shouting I have done. I am a crafty mom and I am proud of it.