Everything I learned this weekend…

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Everything I learned this weekend…I learned from pirates!

Through this process of planning and hosting Tommy’s birthday party, I have learned a lot.  Just thought I’d share some of those tidbits here.

1) Planning a party is exhausting.  I guess I knew this before, but as I sit here today still feeling like I’m in a bit of a fog, I’m reminded of just how exhausting it is.

2) Things will not always go as planned.   

3) When things don’t go as planned, you don’t have time to stop and feel lousy about it.  You just have to keep going.

4) Always rent the bounce house from a place that does delivery and set up.  Usually I decide on a case by case basis which is more important, my time (and energy) or my money.  With this, I chose my money.  We rented the bounce house from a place that doesn’t deliver because their rental fee was $75 cheaper than most other places.  Aaron and I agreed last weekend, that pick up and set up on our own was worth it to save $75.  Two words…NEVER AGAIN!  We severely underestimated how much work it took to get it out of the van, hauled into the back yard and set up.  And I guarantee that it was even more work to get it back out front and back into the van when the night was over.  That thing weighed a ton!!

5) Shark fruit snacks do not do well in jello.  Don’t really know what happened with the ocean blue jello, but it was a disaster.  When I scooped into it, the jello seemed like it wasn’t set underneath.  The sharks had lost a lot of their color.  And a couple of the kids said that the sharks weren’t that good.  Perhaps I should’ve gone with gummy candy instead of fruit snacks.  Fortunately, it was so darn hot that many of the kids still slurped down the half set blue jello.  😉

6) Hawaiian punch ice cubes make everything better.  After we found that the jello was a flop, I quickly grabbed the stuff and served up the shark bite punch.  The “shark blood” ice cubes were a huge hit!!

7) Young pirates love a good treasure hunt.  I was so excited to see them all running through the house trying to find the clues.  It was one of the things that went exactly as I had imagined.

8 ) 8 kids is about the max I can handle in my house.  For most of the afternoon, we had just 7 kids running around (including my 2), and I was on the edge of my seat.  Besides the insane volume, there were several rough spots…doors slamming, kids fighting, and kids crying.

9) It’s not a party until someone gets a nose bleed.

10) Jumping in a bounce house makes you feel like a kid again.  Granted, we didn’t have these things at parties when we were kids, but it would’ve been a ton of fun!  After all the guests left, my sister and I got in with the kids and bounced around for about a half hour.  It was a great way to end the evening!

At some point, I’ll actually sit down with my camera and see what I took pictures of.  😉

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