So, Kira's 2nd birthday party is over! Someone asked me today how it feels, and I said that I feel relieved. But, truly, I do not feel like it is over yet because there is more to look forward to! I cannot wait to get the photographer's photos, to start my quest of trying to be featured on party planning blogs, and finally to post photos here!
From Kira's party, I definitely learned the importance of being organized for a party far in advance. In fact, because it was held in my own home, I was able to slowly set things up over the weeks before the party (which proved to be invaluable!). Therefore, on the morning of the party, the only major thing I had to do was food preparation. I wonder how this is going to translate into planning parties for others? How do I set up a party at another location when I do not have access to it weeks and months before the party? I would love to hear advice from other party planners!
Believe it or not, the food prep was actually the most stressful part of the day. I did not think I had too much planned, especially since I was just having appetizers, but it sure did take up the entire morning and afternoon (even with the help of my mother and husband). I was disappointed, because we did not even get to make everything that we had planned, and all of the food was not displayed by the time guests started to arrive. I don't think I could have done anything differently, though. I started at 6:00am, baking cupcakes, and my mother and I never stopped until the last items were done. Perhaps, I could have prepped a few things the day before? I don't know. Anyway, in my professional business, I am not planning on providing food service myself, so I guess I do not have to worry about that. And, the food was a big hit, even if it was not all served at the exact time I wanted it to be.
Biggest hits with the children: ladybug coloring sheets, bug- and flower-related silly bands, party hats, craft activity, and bounce house my husband rented at the last minute (they are so much fun!)
Biggest hits with the adults: decor, dessert table, quiche and other foods, Kira's darling party dress, the DJ!!
I am off to bed for now - so tired!!