I have six months until Big Sister E's next birthday... and already I'm starting to sense the nagging feelings creeping in.
What are we going to do? Where are we going to have it? Who are we going to invite? And, most importantly, what is the theme going to be?
That last one is my fault, as I'm big on themes. I can't just have kids over and let them play games and eat cake! No way! Whether it is monkeys or rock stars (both of which we've done), everything from the invitations to the decorations to the food to the goodie bags that get taken home have to somehow relate.
I find myself scouring the stores and the internet to find just the right addition and won't settle for anything less. For Little Sister B's birthday this past December, I found myself frantically bidding on eBay because I had to have those exact cookie cutters for her Elmo party.
Is there a Party Planners Anonymous support group? Should I be concerned that I need to join one?
Even though every year I tell myself that I'm just going to do something normal like purchase a party hat...
...and then have a traditional birthday party, it just doesn't seem to happen. With my luck, Big Sister E will be into something obscure this year and I'll be up nights making rocket ship t-shirts or trying to figure out which table will be best to display the Spongebob Lava Lamp.
Hey, it could happen.
What do you like to do to celebrate birthday parties? Do you prefer simple or elaborate?