This weekend was my son’s 4th Birthday party. We had a fun Star Wars themed party with family and friends. Yummy snacks and cupcakes that I let my little guy help me decorate. They weren’t the most beautiful, but he was so proud to share them, because he got to be a part of the creating of them.
I had planned on taking loads of pictures of the party setup. The decor, the food, and the activities I had thrown together. Planned on taking pictures of the kids playing and the present opening.
But I didn’t.
I sat my phone on the back of the counter, and left it there.
I let my son help me bake cupcakes.
I handed out food and drinks to my friends and family.
I refilled snacks and played with my nephews.
I blew bubbles and partook in lightsaber battles.
I helped my baby open his presents.
I laughed with my mom.
I teased my big brother.
I hugged grandparents.
Without the hindrance of a screen, I was able to live in the moment. My hands were free to dole out food and hold hands. My mind was clear to join in conversation. I saw smiles in real time and not through the square on my phone.
It was my favorite birthday party we’ve thrown for my little guy so far, because I ENJOYED it.
I didn’t let my need to share every second of his day with the world take over. I didn’t stress over everything looking picture perfect. I can’t remember the last time I let myself have fun at an event, because I usually sweat the details.
Put down the phone. Forget the camera. And live in the moment. The memories made will last a lifetime.
(And if you need Star Wars party ideas, check my Pinterest board. I got all of my ideas from there. Sorry, I didn’t take any pictures…)