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

backyard bar-b-que {Joel’s 30th}

I really wanted to do something special for

backyard bar-b-que {the details)

Our back yard is nothing spectacular. We do have tons

one year old in a flash {party details}

I meant to post this last week, but a certain teething

cousin love {a valentine party}

Between facing some hard anniversaries again and Levi

fourth of july

This year our Fourth of July party was filled with

cousins + candy…lots of candy

Last night when I was putting Levi to bed, I told him

red ball party {levi’s second birthday}

I debated and debated about a theme for Levi’s

more cousin love {a valentine party}

We had our first cousin Valentine party last year and

a bébé shower

I had so much fun planning this shower…finally

one year old in a flash {take two}

After Levi’s One Year Old in a Flash party I

globes & paper airplanes {adoption shower}

My dear friend, Julie, is adopting a sweet little girl

b is for boy {baby shower + giveaway}

There have been a lot of baby showers happening

happy heart party {2013}

We hosted our annual happy heart cousin party again

levi turns three {dump truck party}

My baby is three. I still can hardly believe it. We

vintage kitchen shower

Way back in January I helped throw a kitchen shower

engagment party

So you all probably know by now that I love to throw

moo! griffin turns two

Levi is getting old enough that he has a definite

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