I’m exhausted. My kids hardly give me a moment of peace these days. If Bryson falls asleep to nap, Matthew fights his for an hour. By the time Matthew is asleep, I get about 20 minutes to myself before Bryson wakes up (too early). Today, Matthew fell right asleep and Bryson fought it and fought it, screaming and screaming, sending tension through my shoulders.
I just want to make their damn birthday cake, but by the time they’re both asleep, I’m only left 20 minutes and honestly, I’d rather just sit, dammit.
I had these grand (well, not really that grand) plans and now I’ve hired it all out. I’m not even kidding.
Food? Being catered. By the time we buy everything I need to cook what I want to cook, it costs the same. Then add in the time to prep and cook and my head was spinning. My favorite place is catering the party with chicken skewer pita sandwiches with Gyro sauce and veggies (build your own). They’re also bringing their amazing hummus (it’s ridiculous). Done.
Cake? I’m only making the top tier for them to blow out candles. I’ll be making white cake for their real birthdays on Wednesday and Thursday, so why make a whole other white cake now when I was always planning on having cupcakes in addition to the cake? Stupid. I don’t want a lot of cake left over like last year (really, I would like that, but my ass wouldn’t). So I will just be making the top chocolate part of this little masterpiece (?) and will put some little fondant signs on the sides, make some fondant cones, whatever. I can do those things late at night without making noise, and working with fondant relaxes me (isn’t that weird?). They will blow out their candles and they will like it. Then they will eat cupcakes (they don’t even like chocolate cake, but the digger can’t dig up white dirt!). I’ll be making the awesome raspberry chocolate cake I made for Hottie last year for his birthday. I’m ordering 4 dozen cupcakes for this party and the guests – we’ll keep the chocolate cake for us once candles are blown out. Done.
(After inserting that picture, I’m feeling guilty about not doing the whole damn cake. Hmmmm… we’ll see. No, we won’t see. I’m just doing the top tier, dammit!)
Party favors? Purchased as planned. They are cute, they smell good, and they sent them in the bigger bags I requested so I can add something to the bag. But what to add is the question. I don’t want to put any food in there because it will absorb the soap smell. I wasn’t thinking on that one. I may just leave them with just the soap and call it a day. Yes, that sounds good. Done.
Decorations? Purchased as planned! They arrived the other day and they are just perfect. I wanted these same decorations and theme last year for Matthew’s birthday but hopped on the Cur.ious Geor.ge theme because I knew he’d outgrow it by now (and he did), so I put this on the back burner. Good thing I did, because this theme is perfect for the two boys who play trucks and construction site all day long together. The banner, door hanging, and toppers look as great as, even better than, the photos. Done.
doing purchasing/hiring out just enough to make it look like I know what I’m doing. I do know what I’m doing, I’m just burned out beyond belief and don’t want to work on party supplies, cakes, and favors this year. I just don’t. I’d rather use my limited free time to sit at my computer and hammer out a few posts on my blog (loser!). I told Hottie today via text that I feel like a bad mom for not wanting to work on this. He said, “No need to feel terrible. They’ll love the party just the same.”
He’s right, they will love it no matter what, and Matthew keeps saying that he doesn’t even want a birthday, so who cares if he doesn’t love it!