Friday, July 26, 2013

The cowboy party

Despite the cold weather and very grey, overcast skies, the sun actually came out for about 2 - 3 hours on the kids' party day and I couldn't have been happier.

I'm obviously not posting lots of pics but these give you an idea of what went on.

This was my first time using a venue and there were definite pros and cons.

Pros
  • no clean-up from us afterward!
  • lots of space for kids to run around and play
  • no clean-up ;)


Cons
  • Such a small margin of time to set up (30 mins before) that people were there and I was still setting up
  • I didn't even use all the party printables I had, just enough to display some of the theme
  • I took practically my whole house with me (not necessary at this venue as she was super organised)
I don't think I'll have it at a venue again because I do need to realise that all our birthdays are in winter and not in summer, as in my fantasies. At home I start setting up a day or two beforehand so things are very easy on the day of the party.

Next year I need to think up winter themes that I can do inside the house (in fact I already know what i want for next year and when I saw the awful weather I was very tempted to change at the last minute) and maybe bribe the kids to run outside quickly for some pics.

I already broached the theme with the kids and Connor, especially, is dead keen!

Highlights
  • Very high RSVP rate despite me not chasing up and a very high pitch rate; also it's school holidays and 6 kids were on holiday.
  • Assembling the party bags (I gave the kids a colouring book, crayons and trail mix)
  • I got most of the photos I wanted (don't have a pic of you, Laura :( and of D's uncle's wife)
  • Thank-you cards were done within a week
  • My spreadsheet is really working well. I've had the same one since their 2nd birthday (and I use for the half birthdays too) and it's so easy to copy the page, delete and add people.

Okayyyyy, onto the photos.

"give your sister a hug"
my little cowgirl and cowboy
Caren and me
look at that big smile

this is 4!
I love this pic - D's uncle and the kids

Mrs FF
Gorgeous Jack
Cat and her kids
Do you prefer your home or a venue? Why?

PS There are two types of people in the world - those who organise on a spreadsheet and those that don't. Which one are you?

16 comments:

  1. Looks great! So happy the sun came out for you :) We are doing a cowgirl party for Cici this weekend!

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  2. Looks like so much fun! My husband always wants a venue because he hates people trampsing all through the house - I want it at home with everything at hand! He hasn't won yet, but as we approach the age of the "invite the whole class" party...it will happen!

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    1. Jess, exactly! Another one of those "things you should know if we're gonna be bffs" - I want everything at hand, not think "oh I wish I had scissors or THAT bowl or whatever" :)

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  3. Such great pics! We had the twins first birthday at a park, but they were born in the summer. It was great because the kids could play on the playground equipment for entertainment.

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  4. I prefer a venue where they do EVERYTHING. I don't want to take anything along, I just want to pitch up. Looks like a great party. Those cakes are pretty - did you end up making them yourself?

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    1. Normal people would have been very happy to pitch because she did have everything. You literally bring your food and the cake.

      I want to customise the decor and put up all my printables, etc. so I do make it hard on myself but it makes me happy to have everything matchy-matchy :)

      No, I don't ever do cakes. We got a teacher at the kids' school to make the mini cakes (pictured) and a ton of cupcakes.

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  5. If we had more space at home I would do all the parties at home. Venues, for me, are an grudge purchase. The big kids have sleep overs now with paintball/ice skating etc and that works for me now.

    We will do Jacks at the park for as long as we can :)

    I do like that you don't clean up afterwards though but not sure it is worth the price.

    I loved your venue - it was a great party!

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    1. Thank you! I also love that venue. I've now been to 3 at that venue and it's lovely and not hugely expensive by venue standards.

      It's not worth the price - I used to get both Nester (maid) and nanny V/ S in on the day and it's still 4 times cheaper to pay for someone to clean up.

      I'm totally doing that next year again and you all will just have to be happy in my little house :) At least it will be "cosy" HA!

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  6. This is SO funny. Could you and me be ANY more different in our approach? I think it's the n/s. Your party looks great! (and by the way, if you lived here, your kids would have a summer birthday!)

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    1. I totally want to be all laidback like you but it will stress me out way too much!

      That's why I love your post so much :)

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  7. These photos are just so adorable!
    I'm considering a venue party this year for Nicola...but nothing set in stone yet.

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  8. Oh the venue was fantastic - it was a great party. If we had space I would do it at home but some themes call for elsewhere - like A's rhino one.

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  9. Looked like everyone had a divine time. Where is that venue? Looks awesome! I've had Kade's at a venue the last two years but from next year it'll be at home cos we now have the space in our garden to have them at home :)

    xx

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  10. All looks lovely! I prefer a venue because it's usually 2 hours and that's it. With home parties, people don't know when to leave and it ends up being an all day/night affair which is ridiculous! Or is that just my family and friends??

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  11. Such a cute party!! I love your little cowboy/cowgirl. : )

    I like the customized party decorations, too, so we haven't done much venue-wise. The last few years have been at church (where I can pretty much do all the decorating I want), and then this year at a cafe (which is already decorated super-cute, plus she told me to feel free to do as I pleased!).

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  12. My grandchildren prefer it at our house because of the huge sand pit, play area and trampoline. All we have to add is a jumping castle :-)
    Love your photos and seeing so many blog buddies.

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