M turns 8 in two months but I’m already planning her party. Actually, we started planning her party in April, a full five months in advance. I have a list that breaks down guest list, location, and favors. No, no soy one of those Pinterest moms. My gluing skills are limited to dance and Carnaval costumes. While I love to cook, this year we’ll be offering all-American burgers and chips. Like every frazzled parent I know, I sigh and say I’m done with the big birthday parties every year. Then the cycle starts anew.
As a child, my parents always threw us huge parties. My dad’s entire soccer team and their families, my godparents and my brother’s godparents and their kids, and any relatives would come. There would be tons of Peruvian food, a giant sheet cake, a piñata for the kids, and dancing to salsa and merengue. Because I was an introvert, I found all the people and activities overwhelming. But memories were made. Like the time the big boys decided to tightrope walk around the fence in the backyard and were threatened by the mean next door neighbor Or the time we realized we could Tarzan swing across the garage. I especially like how happy my mom and dad always looked. And still look. Because you best believe mi mama isn’t letting a birthday go by without some sort of gathering.
Celebrating my 44th. Notice the look on my mom’s face(she’s on my right).
Unlike me, M doesn’t seem uncomfortable at her birthday parties. In fact, she says she loves the attention, the little diva. Ever the assertive leader, M has helped pick a theme for her celebration from the time she was 4. They have been often been tied to a favorite TV show. Lately they also incorporate her Halloween costume (yes, we are a family of planners.)
Yo Gabba Gabba Dancey Dance Party
Princess Costume Party
Wonder Woman party
Wizard of Oz theme. Notice her tee. Her dance recital had the same theme. Why not stretch out a good theme?
So while I may balk at the work and expense that goes into planning birthday parties, I do love the memories we’ve shared. They are moments that remind us of what truly matters.