Ok, so Little Miss is turning 5 in a week and a half.
And as much as I’d love to be that Pinterest mom that has perfectly done hair and nails and throws the most on point thematic party down to the T; including snacks, parties favors, etc….
I am not her!
I’m the messy bun mom, wearing morning breakfast left overs and trying to keep the baby from being smothered by his sister’s “loving” embrace or flattened by the older brother who thinks he’s a WWF wrestler.
My sister Lindsay is a freak’n rockstar when it comes to this kind of thign. She puts Pinterest to shame. Me…ya I like to compare myself to Cliff Notes.
You know -that compact yellow holy bible for high schoolers that allows you to look and sound like your awesome and know everything without really having to read the entire novel or do all the critical thinking.
Yup…I’m Cliff Notes.
If you are like me- meaning you like cutesy, artsy fartsy stuff but are super busy with other kids, life and attempting to maintain your sanity then I recommend the doing what I do. Choose a few key items to match the theme then let everything else go. I like to select the most visible things, like the cake.
So, for Sarah’s upcoming party I’m doing a mermaid theme party. I’m focusing on the cake, main activity (pool party) and gifts.
Again, don’t overwhelm yourself. Check out what I’ve got planned, take notes, and do your best.
Thematic cake– purchased or hand made. I’m doing Ariel pull apart cupcakes. Here’s my first trial run. My next mermaid will be much less busty. I got a little carried away with the frosting. Hehe.
Oceanic Face Painting
I purchased a face painting kit from #AvaandFrankPaints. The face and body paint palette is vegan, non-toxic, comes with 3 brushes, 2 sponges and 16 colors including gold and silver. The colors are beautiful and come off easily with water.
My kids love getting their face painted and both my hubby and I like drawing so it’s a win all around. Personally, I think it’s awesome paint. The paint is non toxic, nut-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, lead-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, hypo-allergenic, vegan, cruelty-free, FDA compliant and tested by US PHD cosmeticians. It’s going to be a smash. Seriously it’s the best. I’m going to have so much fun with it. I’m so happy I got to purchase it at a discount in exchange for a review. The kids are going to love it at the party!
Activity– Swimming…that’s pretty mermaidy… right? I mean what kids doesn’t love swimming. Sarah is a freak’n rockstar and basically taught herself how to swim.
I found an app that I love called Wish. I call it my Chinese Amazon. The prices are totally cheap and cute. It takes a while to ship though. Give it a month at least. I’m kind of obsessed with it. Anyways, while doing Christmas shopping last year I went ahead and got Sarah’s Birthday stuff. I’m so excited to give them to her. Here’s a sneak peak.
With everything else I’m taking it easy. There will be outdoor games and a painting station that children can go to whenever they feel like it.
No organized games here. I’m not that mom.
But you know what…that’s ok. Kids like Cliff Notes. It’s true. Kids are happy just being around other kids. Why stress myself out. I will get to relax and talk to their parents. and the party will have the overall appearance of Pinterest greatness.
Maybe for added measure, I’ll put out some Goldfish crackers.
Sarah’s party may not be the most flashy and beautifully thematic party but I know my daughter is going to love it and I’m going to have a good time.
And you know what..that is all that matters.