Lu's Big Day: Part One

Lu's Big Day: Part One

Dabney Frake
May 14, 2013

This is my niece, Lu, who is about to turn three. She also just became an older sister, so her mom (my sister-in-law) isn't exactly in party planning mode with a newborn. To help her out, and because I'm a nerd for all things fun and pretty, I volunteered to throw Lu's birthday party this year. 

Now, I don't know how you feel about children's parties but, personally, I like the idea of going whole hog and getting my creative freak on. I'm not the run-to-Target-and-be-done-with-it type; I tend to labor over visual details, shaping every aspect of the universe — or at least this one tiny microcosm of the universe, consisting of a single afternoon, and a bunch of little children. 

That doesn't mean I'm going to rent a pony for each and every child, or give puppies as party favors. Nope, I'm going to try to do this for as little money as possible. I don't know exactly what the final result will look like yet, but I can guarantee it involves lots of thrift shopping and DIY projects. And there won't be clowns. NO CLOWNS. 

So, if you are also throwing a kids birthday party this year and want to hold hands with me as we skip down the merry path towards Lu's big day, grab on. Hopefully we'll both learn something. (If you followed my renovation diary series in Florida, you already know I like big ideas, and usually make lots of big mistakes to match. Fun times.)

Here's what I do know already: the birthday party is in June and will probably have a max of 40 guests, including about four kids around Lu's age. Also, I had to book a park pavilion back in February. I'm not kidding; I called around to every township and city park in a 50 mile radius, and only a few outdoor pavilions were available. It was either that, or have a gaggle of children with pirate masks or tutus running around my very un-kid-friendly living room. Thankfully, I finally found a spot in a local park.

So, today's party planning recap is as follows:
  • My niece's birthday party, of some variety, will happen in early June.
  • Several months in advance, I picked a day and determined other basic details of the party, i.e. number of guests.
  • First lesson learned: If you need to rent a space, figure out your location and reserve it early — especially if it falls around a holiday or other precious weekend day.
And lastly, don't forget - we also post about children's parties every day. Which means, at the end of the road, you can submit your party here! And we can all ooh and ahh all together, in unison.

(Image: Cassafras Photography)

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