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Double Duty Birthday Parties

February 20, 2012

One of my favorite things to do is plan my kids’ birthday parties.  In another life, I would start a business planning parties.  I have so much fun with the details and getting things just perfect and this year was no exception, although it did come with a new challenge for me.  My twins are eight years old now and well, their interests are vastly different.  In years past, I had gotten away with a joint them—Dora & Deigo (at 2), Blue’s Clues (at 3), Curious George (at 4), WonderPets (at 5).  Even at ages 5 & 6 we did a roller skating party and just customized the cake and tableware to make it a little unique for each.

This year, however, Miss Brianna wanted a Tea Party.  She is very much a “Princess at Heart”.  Dominic, on the other hand, is a huge video game fanatic.  If I let him, he would play 24/7, I’m convinced of that.  Obviously, there was no way to tie these themes together.

So, the options were (1) plan 2 separate parties on 2 different days or (2) have overlapping parties.  Well, I decided on the latter—quite frankly, as much as I love planning the parties, the actual execution is extremely tiring.  I figured it best to get it all over in one day, right?  This would make me either the most efficient birthday party planner or the most insane—you decide.

So here’s what I did…

We started the Tea Party at 3pm and I allowed Brianna to invite 8 girls over.  I should have said 7, since we only have 8 chairs to fit around our kitchen table (Note to self: remember to add in your own kid!).  We would have just girls for 90 minutes and then at 4:30pm the boys would arrive.  We would then do pizza, cake and ice cream maybe a few games.  At 6pm the girls would leave and then 90 minutes of video games.  At 7:30 the boys would leave and I could grab a glass of wine and celebrate “SuperMom” status for the next 24 hours!  Overall, I’m pretty pleased with how things turned out.  If you’d like to read more about the parties themselves, keep an eye out for a follow up post for each.

Until then, party on!

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