We’re in the heavy stages of party preparations around here; Olivia is almost six. There has been a noticeable change over the years in that planning the girls’ birthday parties has become so much more involved than writing up a grocery list a few days beforehand and getting the balloons inflated. This method of planning includes several panic attacks, typically related to the amount of yard clean-up necessary, but the crafting part is what I’m focusing on, and that’s the good stuff, right? Maybe I get a little carried away. Maybe my kids are spoiled. But when I really step back and think about it, I’d rather we all get swept away by the fun than keep things easy. Sometimes, I’d love it if easy was my motto, but it’s just not. If it becomes too much, I’ll know, because it won’t be fun anymore, and then I’ll stop. This planning stuff flexes my creative muscles, it gives me the spark I need to try new things, perfect old favorites, bring excitement into my children’s twinkly eyes, make me feel like a whole, thriving person. I’m excited to show you some of the projects for the party as they come together (please let them come together); hopefully, they’ll inspire you to get a little carried away, too! Up next, her birthday dress….stop in soon!