Monday, January 24, 2011

I suck at party planning

I admit.  I am no good at party planning.  Although I somewhat enjoy it, I lack the creativity and time that allows for hand-made tissue paper flowers, name banners,  and a dedicated candy table.  I barely have enough energy to put together a general theme...and forget about matching goodie bags.  The thought of party planning to this extent gives me anxiety and also a sense of bewilderment and awe for those of you that do this.

I gave Camdyn two options for her 5th birthday party.  1) A camp out party at the house where we would light the fire pit, roast marshmallows and set up tents in the back yard to play in.  2) A horse party at a local ranch. 

She chose the horse party.  Hallelujah!  Although, it's going to be more expensive, I am not going to have to clean my house, I'm not going to have to attempt party themed decor, or brainstorm activities for the kids.  In fact, I get to let the ranch handle all of that...well, technically, I am paying them to handle all of that. So, I will show up with my kid, a cake, and some drinks, and we'll have ourselves a party!

Looky what Colleen from Shibley Smiles created for me!  I was so excited when I saw this.  Mind you, she did this in just a few hours, totally off the cuff.  I procrastinated, lost track of time, and then realized I had to get these in the children's hands before I left for Vegas...ugh, which totally reminds me that I still have a ton of photos to edit & share.  So, on Tuesday night I emailed her the deets and on Wednesday morning I printed these on 8x11 cardstock (easy breezy) and had these in the kids' folders by Wednesday afternoon. 

She's helluva talented and bailed me out of a serious invitation jam.  We've gotten quite a few compliments on them.  Thanks, Colleen!  I lovey me bloggy friends!

The Hubs and I have been debating whether or not we want to bring Chloe to the party.  It may be easier to leave her at home with a sitter so that I can take photos and so that he can watch, relax, socialize, help, and enjoy the party too.  Last night I asked Camdyn if it would be okay if we left sister at home with a sitter.  Her response,

"Yes, of course.  Wait.  Chloe LOVES Nay-Nays.  Chloe needs to come to my party.  Plus, she's my baby sister.  I need baby sister at my party." 

Heart - Melt.  Chloe's going to the party too.

Happy Monday!


Shannon said...

So good to have friends! She did a great job, those are cute!

What a neat idea for a theme!

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

That sounds like a great party! I love the invitations!

Sassy said...

How sweet is Camdyn?!?! And destination parties are the BEST! We have done that a time or too and it makes everything so much easier. And the best part is, there is an end time! When you have it at your house guests tend to linger. But on location you can say "Ooops sorry we need to be out by 7!" lol

cooperl788 said...

The invitation is so sweet! And how sweet that Camdyn remembered how much her sister loved the horses, and wanted to include Chloe in her special day. Can't wait to see pictures of Camdyn's party!

Mama Hen said...

That is so adorable. It is the cutest invitation I have seen! That sounds like a great idea and she will love it! How exciting for all of you! It looks like you are a great party planner my friend! I love doing parties somewhere else where they can clean up. Have a great night!

Mama Hen

Jennifer said...

I would have guessed Cam would have picked the ranch party...LOL! The invites look great..way to go Colleen. It is so precious that Cam wants Chloe there...I am sure they will both have a good time :)

LeeAnn said...

I suck at party planning too. And after having Rylie's first birthday party at our house, I will never do parties at home again. :-) So yay for Cam for choosing the horse party!

Colleen did a great job on the invites...isn't she awesome?

And how sweet that she wants Chloe at her party. Awwww. I was surprised that Rylie wanted Bryce at hers, but she did.

I hope you guys have a GREAT party! I can't wait to hear all about it.

Colleen (Shibley Smiles) said...

Thanks everyone! I enjoy helping out my friends when I can and I enjoy the creative outlet.

As for the party I bet you are better then you think if you had to plan but I'm SOOO glad you are bring Chole and so totally sweet that Cam wants her there.

My hats off to the great parenting! For raising such sweet children!

TV's Take said...

We are counting down to b-day party #2 over here. I'm not great with decor but I stole some ideas for KelleHampton for favors etc so I'm feeling better. LOVE LOVE That invite and so cute Cam wants her baby sister there. Have a great time!