This past weekend was a weekend full of parties. I had relaxed the weekend before and thank goodness because there was no time to relax this weekend. Having kids I find that we constantly have parties to go to. I actually only commit to going to parties of close friends of either the kids or myself, otherwise it is just too much.
I did learn my lesson to never commit to going to two parties on the same day from experience. I tried that out last year with party #1 starting at the beach at 11:00am and party #2 starting at 3:00pm in the city. The kids fell asleep on the drive to location #2 and we didn’t make it home until after 7:00pm that night. Luckily party #2 was for one of my friend’s kids and I was able to socialize with adults there, eat a good dinner, and drink a beer while the kids enjoyed themselves too. I was wiped out when the evening ended.
So this weekend we had two parties over two days which I thought would be better than two parties on the same day. It was better, but only slightly! Saturday we headed to a mother/daughter tea party that my friend held for her daughter’s 5th birthday. I personally loved the theme since I am a big tea drinker (I do not like coffee). It was so beautifully and creatively decorated. The kids and I had a lovely time. Oh yes, my little Matteo joined us as well for the girl’s party since Max could not look after him. Luckily he is only 4 years old and loves to be with girls and go to girl parties.
After the party we had to begin preparing for party #2 the next day which was a baby shower that I was co-hosting. I forgot how much work it is to throw a party. Wow, so much to do, and for some reason never enough time to finish everything. I am happy to say that as of now both kids have decided to skip having parties this year and opted for trips to amusement parks instead. Yeah for mommy!!
By 9 o’clock in the evening we were home from the day out partying, eating dinner, and shopping for prizes for the games I was organizing. The next day we were up and out of the house by 8 o’clock grocery shopping for more items and picking up the cake for party #2. The party was a great success and everyone in my family had a great time in addition to the guests of honor. Mission accomplished.
Eventually making our way home driving alongside the beach I wanted to take a nap like my little munchkins who were sleeping in the back seat; not an option. Arriving home I had a beer and fell asleep on the couch until it was time to go out for dinner. After this experience I have come up with yet another rule for myself- don’t commit to going to a party one day and host one the next- it is just too much. I wonder what lesson I will learn next!