Sunday, May 31, 2009

Post Party

Yesterday afternoon we had nine little girls from Grace's school over for her birthday party. The party was a hit and we managed to go through the entire two hours with only one minor breakdown from one little girl who was the first to be "out" during a rousing game of musical chairs. Grace had a blast and made an absolute haul in the gift department--so much so that we might have to add a wing to our house for the piles of Barbies and My Little Ponies and Littlest Pet Shops.

I'm beat, plain and simple. After the little girls all left yesterday we had family over and then I spent the evening with Grace, Harrison, and my four-year-old niece while Aaron went to a wedding reception, so I didn't really have a chance to recover. Then, today I spent the majority of the day just cleaning up the housewide mess left over from yesterday's festivities and fantasizing about what it would be like to hold next year's party for Grace anyplace OTHER than our house. Now, finally, I am enjoying a glass of wine and the relative silence in the house.

But, as I was putting Grace to bed tonight, she told me that she really loved her party and that she had so much fun. I suppose that makes the whole thing worth it.


Carrie said...

I really feel like home birthday parties are worth the hassle (not to mention being cheaper than most other venues). I feel like it deepends the relationship between our family and our kids' friends, since the party is directed by us, instead of by the activity leader at My Gym. I also think that kids remember home parties more -- Nutmeg has been to a bunch of parties at our local My Gym and she LOVES them, yet she couldn't tell you which was which. They were all the same.
But OH, I hear you. I was SO TIRED after Nutmeg's fifth birthday last month.

lwwb said...

I'm curious to see how/if I will throw parties for my girls. I don't like planning parties.

Sara said...

it's a lot of work and it's tiring, but it's worth it because i think the kids really do appreciate it. grace is still gushing about her party, days later, so i'm convinced it's worth the time and effort.