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The thing about parties…

I know a lot of people feel pressure to have the “perfect” party (whatever kind of party that might be). I love planning parties. I love all the details and trying to figure out a way for everything from the invitations to the party favors to work together. It is fun for me. It is not stressful (unless I put everything off until the last minute which I have been known to do). I don’t love planning and making the food though. So, I usually ask for help with that part. 🙂

My point…

Do what works for you and your family. If you prefer small parties and don’t care about the details…totally fine. If you love making fancy cakes…make an amazing cake. If you love the details like me…sew those paper circles together so that everything matches. The important thing is that we shower others with love on their special day. I think this is especially important with our children. We want them to know how much we love them and how much more that God loves them. The day they were born is a day to celebrate! I often have to stop and remind myself of this as I am planning away. When all the details don’t quite get finished like I had planned…I have to let it go. The important part is the people we are celebrating.

And that is my party advice…for what it is worth. Here are a few ideas from parties we have had around here. Happy celebrating!

cora’s playground dedication

On Sunday we gathered in the church parking lot to dedicate Cora’s Playground. I can’t tell you how lovedView full post »

backyard bar-b-que {Joel’s 30th}

I really wanted to do something special for Joel’s 30th. I thought about trying to surprise him, but IView full post »

backyard bar-b-que {the details)

Our back yard is nothing spectacular. We do have tons of room…definitely a perk of living in the country. TheView full post »

levi’s first birthday

At this point my sweet little birthday boy was done. Birthdays areView full post »

one year old in a flash {party details}

I meant to post this last week, but a certain teething little boy was needing a lot of my attention and I didn’tView full post »

cousin love {a valentine party}

Between facing some hard anniversaries again and Levi having RSV last week {yuck, I know} we thought we needed to startView full post »

fourth of july

This year our Fourth of July party was filled with pinwheels. Lots of red, white and blue pinwheels. I love how theyView full post »

cousins + candy…lots of candy

Last night when I was putting Levi to bed, I told him that when he woke up his cousins were going to come over and weView full post »

red ball party {levi’s second birthday}

I debated and debated about a theme for Levi’s second birthday. I knew that I would probably be throwing many,View full post »

more cousin love {a valentine party}

We had our first cousin Valentine party last year and it was so fun that Levi and I decided it might need to become aView full post »

a bébé shower

I had so much fun planning this shower…finally a baby shower for my sister! Yay! I came across the “InView full post »

one year old in a flash {take two}

After Levi’s One Year Old in a Flash party I knew that I wanted to have the same theme for all future MacView full post »

globes & paper airplanes {adoption shower}

My dear friend, Julie, is adopting a sweet little girl from China. In fact she and her husband are on an airplaneView full post »

b is for boy {baby shower + giveaway}

There have been a lot of baby showers happening around here lately. I helped throw this ‘B is forView full post »

happy heart party {2013}

We hosted our annual happy heart cousin party again this year. It is always so fun to have all of Levi andView full post »

levi turns three {dump truck party}

My baby is three. I still can hardly believe it. We celebrated my sweet boy on New Year’s Eve day with a dumpView full post »

vintage kitchen shower

Way back in January I helped throw a kitchen shower for my newest sister-in-law. I kept meaning to post some pictures,View full post »

engagment party

So you all probably know by now that I love to throw parties…or maybe I should say I love to decorate forView full post »

moo! griffin turns two

Levi is getting old enough that he has a definite opinion about his birthday party themes…which means he also hasView full post »

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