Mommy has grand master plans – and mostly ends up scaling way, way, W-A-Y back by the time any sort of event actually arrives. Here’s a sneak peek at next week’s Mickey party!
Mommy’s Guide to Party Planning
- 6 months ahead of time – Select 3 different themes, and gather ideas for all of them. Make Picasa collages of each and try to force Daddy, who is wisely attempting to stay out of it, to choose. She had planned for some escape rooms but soon scrapped the plan as soon as she knew she’d run out of time creating them.
- 3 months out – Continue to collect ideas and create a Pinterest board to keep them together. Imagine cooking and baking and doing it all yourself. Picture your party looking just like the professionally planned and executed ones online.
- With 6 weeks to go – Change your theme entirely to one that wasn’t even part of the initial three. Remember that you don’t cook, are afraid of the oven, and all of your DIY creations look like they were occupational therapy projects for blind monkeys. Start outsourcing: order cakepops and a cake from your friend who actually bakes for a living, explore catering options, and put your all into the simplified decorations that are nowhere near as elaborate as your original
delusionsdreams. Design not one but FIVE different invitations and send them out.
- One week from party time – Go into hyperdrive. The project that’s been laying half done on the dining room table for over a month? Finish it in one afternoon. (Well, mostly.)
The styrofoam balls are going to be put together as Mickey heads – the green cups are just holding wet paint balls, they’re not going to be part of the finished project.Here is the most important part of this week’s step: Call in your slave labor. Do you have a Cousin Meredith? Because she works for cheap! She chased me around for two hours while Mommy ran errands, and then happily relabeled water bottles and painted styrofoam Mickey parts, all for the price of one cakepop from Starbucks.