Pinterest has to be one of the best and worst things to ever happen to parents. The website has a million creative ideas for birthday parties, but the pressure to make them perfect is stronger than ever. It feels like the world's going to end if your photo booth doesn't have the right props, your straws don't match your napkins, or God forbid, your food doesn't have darling, witty labels! OH THE HORROR!
This year, we returned from a jam-packed Christmas in California and I just didn't have the time, money or energy to do weeks of crafting and decorations. Instead, I kept it simple. I found the most wonderful non-profit farm just outside of town. It's called "Sugar Roots" and hosts field trips and birthday parties, teaching children about farm-to-table eating. It's a real, working farm... outhouse and all!
Our decorations were as basic as it gets... galvanized buckets from the storage shed, wooden boxes I scrounged up around the house, tablecloths borrowed from my neighbor and hats that doubled as party favors (an early gift from Grandma Cece.)
I did make two things from Pinterest: kettle corn "corn cobs" and a picket fence cake. I'm not gonna lie, the corn cobs were a pain in my ass. Thanks to pre-made kettle corn, along with some help from my husband and Beau, we were able to knock them out. The cake, on the other hand, was surprisingly easy. I stacked four layers of funfetti with store-bought chocolate icing, then stuck Kit Kats and crumbled Oreos on the sides.
The highlight of the day, without a doubt, was seeing the pure joy on the kids' faces. From the rope swing to the chickens, they reveled in the freedom to simply run around and get dirty. Beau even got to ride the Sugar Roots miniature horse, yelling "Yee Hawwwww" the entire time. I'll treasure the memories, made even sweeter by the fact that we didn't stress out and focused on what's important.
Happy 4th birthday, Beau. I love you more than you know!