Which isn’t all that together unusual but this is the thing: this was her first all friends birthday party.
Her birthday falls two weeks after Christmas which means she gets kind of passed over when it comes to parties.
Which is a nice way of saying she gets screwed?
Mom o’ the year.
When I would think of all the fun birthday parties I threw for Annie from ages 1-10, I realized that for the first six years of her life, we threw her amazing parties.
No pony rides or bouncy houses but cool parties with themes.
I didn’t drop major coin but I did use imagination.
Something that seemed to be lacking for me when it came to planning anything more than baking a cake, making a favorite meal or buying gifts for Ellie. It took a conversation I had with Ellie a week before her birthday to snap me out of it.
E- Mom, it is so ugly in winter.
K- I know.
E- Is that why I don’t have a party for my birthday?
K- ( The sound of my heart. Falling on the floor)
My Ellie is beautiful in a dark, ugly month for me.
She came to me in winter and as hard as the first few years of her life were for me, she is the slowly blooming flower in the dead of winter.
And she is starting to “realize” things.
It was that conversation that made me cry, re-think my stance and change my compass a little.
So I pulled up my bootstraps, sat down with pen and paper and asked her what she wanted to do for her first friends only birthday party.
We came up with something pretty cool.
I should say so for not having a party for two years.
I owed her.
We landed on having an ice cream sundae party because she loves summer.
And even though in this house we eat ice cream year round.
Think weekly year round.
We still thought a sundae party would be a fun summer-ish party.
So we started with the toppings:
– chocolate sauce
– whipped cream
and of course the hits of the party:
I should mention that we had a friend of Ellie’s at the party who has a severe peanut allergy and in turn misses out on a lot of parties because of this.
I wasn’t having any of that.
Since our home is virtually peanut free because I have a minor allergy, it was a no-brainer for me.
I made sure every single thing was peanut free and also not processed in a plant where peanuts are present.
So all of the above were peanut free!
I made the brownie bites from a box mix, Pillsbury then cut up the brownies into small pieces.
Fun straws because HELLO FUN STRAWS.
These babies were in the Target Dollar spot and I thought the kids would love them.
They did, by the way.
The kids loved the ice cream.
Ellie loved her party.
And I feel like the old mom I used to be.
Win. Win. Win.
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