Party over here…. Party over there…


July 21, 2011 by Kim

Today is Daniel’s 13th Birthday.

Tomorrow I will face one of parenting’s biggest challenges.

I will host a birthday party for him.

I’ve never been one of those moms who enjoy throwing gigantic birthday parties…

or small ones, come to think of it

Daniel had a pretty large 1st Birthday Party and after that I was pretty much over it.

Having to prepare… having to clean up…. the actual meat and potatoes of the party.

Yeah, not my idea of a barrel of fun.

Most years I have managed to get away with only having cake, ice cream and a few presents after dinner, on the actual birthday. But, somehow last year Daniel one-upped me.

I can’t recall for the life of me how it happened, but a 13th birthday party was promised, on his 12th birthday.  Was I drinking?  Who knows… Probably.

The memory of this has haunted me for the last 11 months.

“I’ll throw you a party for your 13th birthday….. I promise”

I think there was a hug involved and the “promise” was quite possibly a top-level “pinky promise”

You can’t break one of those, man!

So, tomorrow’s the big day…

Have I cleaned the house yet…. nope.  Daniel’s usually my main helper in the house-keeping efforts and I really feel crappy asking him to assist.

Have I purchased the food?  negative… The high maintenance BBQ that I planned is probably going to be downgraded to 20 Little Caesar pizzas and some generic sodas

Have I made sure everyone that I should have invited knows about it…. Probably not.   It’s kind of on Facebook, though…

Have I bought him his gifts….. yes.

Wait… what???  I actually did something!!!!

AND I bought them about a month ago…although I’m sure he’s probably found them by now…  I remember what it’s like to be that age 😉

So the gifts are purchased, but not the wrapping paper…

I’d venture to say that I’m about….. 98% unprepared at this point.

Hopefully I’ll find the motivation between now and tomorrow at 3PM to finish up…



4 thoughts on “Party over here…. Party over there…

  1. JM Randolph says:

    So, how did it play out?

  2. Miss Marblemouth says:

    I never realized how much thought goes into planning a birthday party. My parents had one for me every year (I was an only child. The prodigal whatever, but not really because I ate play-doh.) I remember one year, I think age 9, they had a gaggle of screaming girls over to the house and we beat the crap out of pinata. We also ate a bunch of cake and generally terrorized my house for four hours. It’s a wonder they ever had another party for me again.

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