While I might be decent at it, it doesn't mean I enjoy throwing parties. So a few weeks ago I decided we'd have a little family get-together on her birthday, on a Tuesday night. It didn't need to be fancy. We'd order pizza and sing to her and she'd feel special, right? So yea. That's what I went with.
I basically sent out an email to our family that said, 'Oh, hey. 6pm at Mom & Dad's house---pizza and cake for Lucy's birthday. DO NOT EXPECT A REAL PARTY FROM ME. Let's just make her feel special'.
Well. That was that. The low stress of it from the beginning made me feel SO MUCH BETTER. All my people showed up. Even a "family party" is big--20'ish plus. I still ordered a sweet cake from The Kake Lady (because, helloooooo, they're gorgeous and it's easy). We ordered pizza. We had pretzels and chips and my mom made a salad. We played Kidz Bop from spotify and sat around outside enjoying an unusually cool July evening. We celebrated Lucy. She felt special. The way she looked around as everyone sang Happy Birthday to her was truly the sweetest thing ever. Just taking all the love in.
Turns out that a few pretty plates from Target, Dollar store balloons, flowers in a mason jar, and a fancy cake can make a non-party turn into a special, low-key birthday to remember after all.
|she had been practicing holding up 2 fingers all day--it's a tough one! she finally got it :)|
|cousins also can make any party better :)|
Pretty sure we'll be following suit with future 'parties'. Because this was just right.