Ohh, I am supremely out of my league right now.
I am not cute or crafty, I shrink at the prospect of scrapbooking, when people tell me to use something crazy like grommets to hold two pieces of paper together I hold up roll of tape and look at them like they need to be evaluated. I selectively avoid reading blog posts about party decorations and table themes, not because I have no interest, but because I end up feeling bad about myself instead of feeling inspired.
But now I'm in trouble. My older son saw me secretly looking at party ideas when I was suffering from delusions of crafty grandeur or temporary insanity, and flipped his lid over a Super Mario Brothers themed birthday party. What could I say, except "oops?" This will now be happening in a month.
I don't know if y'all remember but I had a bit of a party fail last October and I'm pretty scared at the idea of trying again. At-home parties are super intimidating to me, guys.
Here's a photo from the party in question:
No joke, that photo captured the single moment when everyone was amused at the same time. A mom who was there seriously told me, "It's okay, parties are hard." Just in case you think I don't suck at this as much as I say I do. Party sadness!
I have a few links to some great Mario party ideas to go from, but to be completely honest I am worried. I have this tendency to bite off more than I can chew, and I have a limited budget to work with (no rented climbing walls for this mama), so I would love some tips from anyone who has successfully thrown an at-home party.
I'd also appreciate it if you could:
1. Please tell me to avoid fondant. I've never, ever, used it, and in fact my cakes usually border on disastrous. I'm scared that I will decide that it looks crazy easy and go for it. This
could will be ugly.
2. Mail me some kleenex boxes for my inevitable breakdowns, I'm pretty sure I'll run out. I tend to be melodramatic like that.
3. Share links to posts you've discovered which are titled "Parties for Dummies," or "How To Successfully Lay Out A Buffet Table If You Suck At Presentation"
4. Tell me to stop doing dumb stuff!!
5. Hold me when I cry.