This year- being a BIG birthday for my little man, I had every intention of throwing a BIG party. Lots of frills, lots of people, handmade this and that. Lots of details. And probably spending a small fortune.
But after asking my little guy what he wanted- he of course just wanted a party featuring his favorite cartoon character…Blaze! And with the fact that our house is currently on the market, holding an huge (see: MESSY) bash seemed highly inconvenient.
Then, I thought, “the least I could do, is buy a big fancy, expensive bakery cake.” And my little boy said, “Mommy, we can make a chocolate cake with chocolate icing together?”
So, out went the big expensive plans. We had a small family gathering, with store bought decorations. With the most homemade cake you ever saw. And it was PERFECT.
We kept it simple.
I didn’t stress.
NONE of the snacks were handmade…other than hot dogs, popcorn, and pasta salad (not pictured). Which might be the best food for when feeding a crowd anyway!
Also- snacks like these are the best for grazing and feeding your faces while standing around chatting with friends and family.
This was definitely the most stress-free party I have ever planned in my life.
It wasn’t Pinterest-worthy. The pictures aren’t flawless. The food wasn’t beautiful. But, it was tasty and it filled our bellies.This happy boy still got to unwrap lots of fun gifts from the sweet family that loves him well.
And blow out candles on a cake, that he was so proud to have helped with.
I loved this year’s party. It was relaxing and fun. I didn’t run around like a crazy person trying to make it perfect. We had a good time.
When we layed our stinker-boy down for bed, I heard him giggling for at least 30 minutes. I’m sure he was reliving all of the fun moments he had throughout the day.
What more could I ask for?