I love a party, but I am not crafty. I don’t have a flare for decorating or presentation or fanciness. I can do it, but it takes a lot out of me. With three boys they could care less about presentation. They just want food…and lots of it. Themed parties with coordinating invitations, snacks, labels, decorations? I think my head might explode. If you come to my house for a party expect to eat pizza…out of a box…soda…out of a non-descript red cup…and it will all be lovingly placed on my kitchen island.
In fact, one memory that sticks out in my mind about Clayton’s first birthday party involves the cake plates. I went to the store and bought plain white, Styrofoam plates. They were cheap and adequate. I picked up the Superman plates, but they were $2.99 for eight. I was going to need five packages. You can do the math here. It adds up quickly. (Perhaps my problem with themed parties is the money spent. I do not like to spend money, especially on something that will be thrown away. I think that’s a post for another day, though.) Anyway…I came home with the above mentioned plates and Fred just stared at me. He wasn’t mad. He wasn’t really anything. Then he looked at me and said, “Did you not have fun at your birthday parties when you were growing up?” It was as if he didn’t even know me.
Enter my friends…
Now, these girls can throw a party! Their best friend’s son got married last weekend and they helped with the rehearsal dinner dessert. On a side note, the groom’s parents can throw quite the spread, too. When I get to heaven, they will be on the food committee and I will be in their banquet hall. Yes, I will.
My friends, Larisa and Stephanie, decided to do ice cream sundaes, but unlike me, they did it all fancy. I’d have people eating out of the container with a few random sprinkles on the tables, but not these girls. Look at this spread…
Those wooden spoons. How cute are those? Larisa ordered them, and the cups, from Etsy.
The banner, the table cloth and runner? Too cute for words, right?? The bowls contain various items: chocolate, caramel, cherries, strawberries, M and M’s, crushed Oreos, brownie bites, Heath bar chips, Andes mint chips, and pecans. You could even include cones.
They hand painted these bowls. How cute are they? Do I need to tell you if I was the host everyone would be eating out of non-descript Styrofoam bowls with white plastic spoons?!? All and all Larisa and Stephanie reported to me that this was a pretty simple, economical, and crowd pleasing project. So, there you have it. How to host an Ice Cream Sundae Bar…like.a.boss.
And by the way, I did have fun at my childhood birthday parties! I don’t remember what the plates looked like, but I do remember I had fun. Did anyone else my age (I’m 22.) go skating for your birthday party? The hip place to skate was called Magic Wheels. I got a shirt. I wore it proudly. They are still open today in Jackson, Tennessee. If you call to reserve a party tell my friend Jennifer (Not me…another one born in the 1970’s. There are only 2.3 billion girls named Jennifer.) I said hello. She does the best parties. AND…she might throw in pretty cool plates!!
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