Ok, I haven’t cancelled her actual Birthday (even I don’t have that sort of power – but I am looking into acquiring it…) but I have cancelled the hoopla that is the Birthday Party. And it feels good. No, it feels GREAT!!
Sweet Pea is turning 2 this year and for weeks now I have been looking through Pinterest, blogs, shops, magazines etc… for ideas for the perfect party for my little girl. I had finally decided on a Peppa Pig party (because it is ALL about Peppa in this house at the moment) and had even ordered an invitation design from Etsy with a date and time confirmed. This party was happening everywhere expect in my heart.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Birthdays – and everybody’s Birthdays not just my own. I love celebrating, I love presents, I love special drinks and food and I LOVE Birthday cake (oh boy do I love Birthday cake…). Sweet Pea had a big, beautiful party for her 1st Birthday last year filled with our dearest friends and family, presents, laughter, games, balloons and TWO cakes!! It was a lovely day and I don’t regret having it. But this year I am tired. Tired from working several part time jobs, tired from attempting to keep a house clean, tired from thinking of something to cook for dinner and then having to shop for aforementioned food and THEN cook the bloody thing too! Tired from running around after and entertaining a gorgeous, feisty and, at the moment, rather demanding almost two year old and generally tired from trying to be all things. Something had to give and I made a decision this week that it could be the Peppa Pig party.
So there will still be presents, and balloons and cake, and laughter and love and celebrating the fact that my little girl is now 2 but there won’t be a hoopla – and by god that feels freeing!!
Do you feel the pressure to go through the Birthday Hoopla? How do you celebrate Birthdays in a special, yet simple way?