Well my daughter turned 8 the other day and she's having a big disco party tomorrow. There's going to be 23 kids at the party and I'll be doing the entertainment (obviously!). I have new and improved disco moves (oh yes embarassing mum here I come) and I can Gangnam Style with the best of 'em!
It has been decided that rather then do the usual party tea we would just order take away pizzas instead.
My face painter friend is also coming along to face paint!
All seems reasonably straightforward and stress free wouldn't you think?
As a parent I think one of the most stressful things in our lives is children's parties. The organisation and planning that goes into them is military. Even for me! I mean I run my own party business, I have an office stacked with party supplies, I entertain at lots of children's parties and even I have been getting a bit stressed about the whole thing!
Let me explain! Until today nothing and I mean nothing has gone right with this party planning. I have bought a new PA system and thought that my own child's party would be the perfect opportunity to learn how to use. Better then having technical glitches at a paying customer's party. However the kit arrived from Germany so I needed an adaptor to run it through the UK electricity sytem. Then the cable that arrived to link the system to my laptop was the wrong one so a new one had to be ordered.
I bought new disco lights which duly arrived with no power cable! Aarrrgghhh!
You would think that all of these issues would be easily resolved. Just jump in the car and get to the shops! Well think again because the snow arrived!! My daughter's school was closed for a few days. I couldn't get the car off my driveway and everything in the town in which we live ground to a halt.
I'd only cleared this the night before. But forget the snow - look how filthy my car is!
I couldn't get into my office because even though all the roads were cleared, the car parks in the town centre weren't, which meant I couldn't get into the office to collect my back-up PA system, my back up disco lights and all the goodies for party bags. Nightmare! In a panic I had to buy party bag goodies, balloons, plates, cups etc from a shop!! I know - pay full price for things that I have in ready supply in my own office!! What was even more worrying was if I couldn't get into the office then I couldn't get Fergal the Sharkey my party mascot!
All the kids love Fergal
Anyway today at the 11th hour everything seems to have come together nicely. I have a PA system, I have a microphone (I was fearful I was going to have to shout out all the dance moves!), I have filled party bags and I have disco lights. I even made it into the office and have picked up Fergal - phew. We are now all systems go.
The only thing that has gone right with the entire ordeal is the cake. This has been made by the fabulous Sara's Kitchen. Take a look at the awesome disco fever cake on Sara's Kitchen's Facebook page! I am so grateful to Sara for making this the one stress free thing in this whole experience.
So if this whole experience has taught me one thing. It's how resourceful I actually am! So if you want a stress free children's party why not get in touch with Life's A Celebration and we will get it organised for you.
I'll report back and let you know how the party goes!