After my second child was born, I bought a sewing machine and took 3 lessons. I sucked, and I didn’t enjoy it enough to focus and try to get better.
For my son’s 3rd birthday party and my daughter’s 1st birthday party, I threw lavish birthday parties. Again, I sucked at it, and it stressed me out. Now they get a cake and a pinata and we call it a day.
For Easter one year, I went and got all the stuff for a craft day with the kids. We were going to make and decorate an egg-shaped pinata. I got all the step-by-step directions from a super-cute blog ironically named Oh Happy Day. I can follow directions so shouldn’t be any problems, right?! Well, you use a balloon as the form for the egg. Ours blew up about half way through the project, giving my daughter PTSD and requiring us to repaint the ceiling in our kitchen (that flour mix does NOT come off).
And then there was Christmas.. I attempted to make a gingerbread house out of graham crackers this time from a blog lovingly named Happiness is Homemade. By the time my kids were 2 and 4, I came to terms that I am NOT a Pinterest Mom. Better than that: I’m ok with it. We all have our strengths; being crafty is not mine.
However, my kids go to these amazing parties, and they say, “can we do that at my next birthday?” And, my response? “No. because it makes mean mommy come out.” I went to an awesome party Sunday, and it got me thinking…why don’t all you crafty, Pinterest moms put up the supplies and decorations for the rest of us to rent on Loanables.com?!?
You could recoup some of the cost of your party, and do a good deed by helping a mom like me look like the super-mom I am not. It could be a party in a box. I’ll even create a category on Loanables just for these packages. What do you say?!?