This week, my sweet youngest daughter turned two.
We had planned to have her party at the church months ago, but due to a death in the church, we had to change the location. That’s understandable; things happen, and certainly a funeral takes precedence over a child’s birthday party.
We quickly made arrangements to move the party to another church across town, only for someone to realize the fellowship hall there was also unavailable. We ended up having to downsize those invited to just family, and move the party to our house.
And you know something? It turned out better than I thought.
I had less than 24 hours to clean my house and take it from “fall farmhouse” to “Minnie Mouse is ready to party.”
But with lots of help from both my moms, we did it!
We had to decide on the fly which decorations to use, which ones to take back to the store, and which ones we could put up in a short amount of time.
I decided to pass on the table cloth back drop, the tissue paper flower balls, and the large number of streamers I’d originally wanted.
We also decided to forgo the separate table for the candy buffet, and just let the candy buffet be part of the back drop.
Luckily, the food had already been planned and made well in advance. The cake had already been purchased and picked up as well.
My father-in-law makes the best chicken nuggets and puts together great fruit and veggie trays. He did an awesome job for Aubrey’s party, too.
Central Bakery in Asheboro did her super cute cake. It sustained a little damage on the drive over, but not too bad. Plus, it still tasted great!
The birthday girl certainly approved.
In the end, a great time was had by all…even if things didn’t go as originally planned.
I learned a few take away lessons from this:
- sometimes things happen and you think you can’t work around them, but you can.
- And even though you don’t think you can, you can adapt and perhaps make something better than what you’d originally planned.
- Nothing has to be perfect, and if it isn’t, chances are good that you’ll be the only one to notice.
- Have fun and roll with the punches. You may have to change some plans but if you make it fun, it will all work out in the end.
- Plan ahead as much as you can, but there still will be things you can’t control.
Use this downloadable, free checklist to make your party plans run more smoothly. Just right click on the picture, save to your device and print.
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