Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Fatigue and the quest for perfect parties!

I'm exhausted...I woke up exhausted...how is it 7am, and I'm already tired?!

Actually, I know the answer to that question, and if you guessed "Your pregnant?!" just go ahead and wash your mouth out with soap right now.  I'll wait...

I have been working on Middle Boy's 16th birthday party preparations for the last couple of days. Now that Oldest Boy's graduation is done, it's time to move on to the next "big thing" around here. You know, if you think about it, there are 6 of us in this house...even if you ONLY celebrate birthday's each year (and there is always more stuff going on than just birthdays), I'm still committed to doing something at least every other month.  It can be exhausting.

Milestone birthdays are huge for me...Hubby's 40th birthday included a cook-out/pool party with a dunk tank and a movie I made for him detailing our history together.  Oldest Boy's 16th party was luau themed, with surfboards and fishing nets and a cake in the shape of a beach house.  The same child had a costume party when he turned 18, with custom printed candy bars, and cobwebs hanging from every chandelier and picture frame.

When I say "party", I mean "party".

Middle Boy requested a casino theme for his party tomorrow night. We will have two separate tables running tomorrow, one huge poker table that my husband will run, and one blackjack table that I will run...with Oldest Boy filling in when potty breaks are required (or when I have to pay the pizza guy).

I have TONS of casino decor to hang in my house, everything red and black...balloons, streamers, etc.  I have automatic card shufflers for both tables, 1,000 poker chips (no lie!) and dealer costumes for the three adults to wear...I'll definitely post a picture.  Buying a full sheet cake with just the writing on it, and then decorating it with casino things I've purchased...it's going to be amazing.

In the meantime, I've been mopping floors, cleaning glass, washing blankets and pillows (many of these kids will sleep here tomorrow night), and stocking up on AA batteries for the Xbox 360 controllers. I have even pressure washed the pool deck and cleaned out the fridge...you never know who will dig in your fridge at 2am after you've gone to bed.

This party is going to be really great! I just hope I don't collapse in my fancy new dealer suit...


  1. LOL..... honey u don't have time to collapse...drink some diet coke (w/caffine) that may give you that last little push you will need. Or I can bring over a MONSTER!!! for you to drink...LOL..love ya

  2. Deep breaths and make sure you take some time before the party to get some rest :0) I always wake up more tired than when I went to sleep - It just doesn't make sense!

    Good luck with the casino night!

  3. You and Tori Spelling should get together..ya'll could cook up some really fabulous theme parties! Of course, it seems that you're doing just fine in that department all on your own! :) Sounds like a blast!

  4. Do not abuse your body. Give time for it to recharge. Poker party is really fun. I am envious.
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  5. Thanks, guys, it was wonderful! Still recovering. :) (Seriously, I have been a slug for the last two days.) lol

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  8. Good grief woman.. can you help me plan a party? The hubband turns 30 on the same day my mom turns 50. I'm still trying to figure this one out....

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