We have finally become those people who’s weekends are filled with kiddie birthday parties. I knew the day would come but tried to avoid it for as long as possible. We’ve been on a little tear lately with double parties in one weekend sometimes. I have to say it hasn’t been as bad as I had imagined. My tips to staying sane while being in the thick of it:
plan a brunch before or after depending on the party. It will give you some kind of adult factor to your day to enjoy yourself. Even if it means wrestling your toddler in a restaurant sometimes there just nothing better than a good mean (especially brunch) out.
Pre Buy small little gifts and keep them wrapped in the closet at all times. That way you don’t have to stress about shopping and you can just grab and go as you walk out of the door.
Try to keep your timing at about an hour and a 1/2 (which is usually how long these parties are) because after that there will inevitably be a meltdown.
If not the pizza, please have the cake. Take advantage of the perk of being a parent that you can eat a slice of cake in the middle of the day just because. It’s your reward. Take it. Work it off later!