Chance’s First Birthday Party

June 26 · 1 comment

As promised, here is what I chose to do for the party and what happened.

For those of you who didn’t know, I was not being a very good mom.  I didn’t have any clue what I was going to do for my son’s first birthday.  It didn’t dawn on me until this past Tuesday that I had nothing planned and he was going to be one in a week.  And of course Dakota’s birthday is a week after Chance’s so the only available weekend would be this one.  Boy was I stressing out, especially since there were a few people asking me what I was going to do and I had no answer for them.

So here’s what I decided to do.  His party would be at the Whistle Stop for noon on Saturday.  I would make cupcakes and sandwiches for everyone and possibly a fruit tray if we had time to get one at Chick-fil-a.  Oh, I forgot to mention that Dakota had scheduled to go look at a house for 10 am thinking that we had agreed on that time (which we hadn’t because we never talked about it). So I would have to get the cupcakes and sandwiches done before we left.

Here’s what happened:

Friday:  The day before the party. I had planned on going to this party store in town to see what they had.  I wasn’t going to go all out with the decorations, but I like things that coordinate and Walmart is not one to meet such expectations. First mistake, I didn’t get off my laptop in  time to make it to the party store before they closed so I had to figure something out at Walmart while I was there getting groceries.  Second mistake, I left to go to Walmart around midnight which leads to my third mistake.  I had nothing planned as far as what I was going to do about cake and food and decorations.  And FYI, Walmart is not a place to go without a plan.  Obviously the bakery was closed so I wasn’t going to be able to pay someone else to do the work for me.  I knew I wanted to have sandwiches for people to eat, but I didn’t know what kind to make or how many to make.  As for decorations, well, I had to figure it out when I found that section.  I didn’t get home from Walmart until like 2 AM and instead of making the cupcakes and sandwiches that night like I had planned if I had gotten off my laptop sooner, I decided to just do it the morning.  (Note, we have the appointment to look at a house at 10 which means I have to get up early enough to have the food ready.)

Saturday: Day of the Party. For some ridiculous reason, I stayed on my phone until 5:30 AM knowing I had to get up at 8 to make food for the party.  On top of that, I didn’t sleep well and I forgot to set my alarm for 8 so we didn’t wake up until after 9.  I got up, got a quick bath, and started working on the food while Dakota got a shower.  He went  to meet his mom and the agent at the house without me because I had to make everything and get the baby ready as well.  I got cupcakes and sandwiches made by the time he came home.  Dakota got the baby, we got our load in the car and took off.  Oh, yeah, we didn’t leave the house until 10 minutes before the party started and I had to pick up my 92-year-old grandmother on the way there.  So yes, I was late for my own son’s birthday party.  Nothing was set up before everyone starting showing up and the cupcakes had no icing due to my husband suggesting that I just do it at the Whistle Stop (even though we were running late). Of course when we arrive, EVERYONE else is there and waiting on me so it’s totally awkward when I walked in.  Anyway, once I got everything out and set up, we just dove on in to the party.

It turned out alright. He got some cute stuff and more loud, noisy toys 🙂 He wasn’t really interested in anything but the loud stuff and then when my mom took her camera out to take pictures, it was like “Ooo!  Shiny red ball!” Overall, I think I would’ve felt better had I been on time that morning and gotten mentally prepared for the party. I felt sort of rushed the whole time so even after the party was over and we were home, I felt like there was something I needed to do.  Fortunately, my mother-in-law took the baby for a few hours and we were able to get some sleep.

I would say I have definitely learned from all of this:  Plan ahead and make time to get done what needs to be done.  Don’t procrastinate, especially when it involves other people.


For those of you who have kids, how did your little one’s first birthday party go?

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