Finn's 2nd birthday is fast approaching and I've just finished sending out the invitations for the big day.
Normally planning the boys' birthday parties stresses me out to no end. I am not a natural hostess, I don't really enjoy throwing parties. I mean, it always sounds like a great idea but the work involved ends up feeling so daunting. Last year Finn's birthday party was very stressful for me. We hadn't lived here that long and didn't really have any friends in the area. Pretty much all our guests were from out of town and it was hard to know if anyone was even going to bother making the trek out here to see us. I really hated the whole planning process. So much so that I didn't even bother throwing a party for Tristan's 3rd birthday last summer, I just wasn't ready to go through the stress again.
This time though I'm actually quite excited for the next party, mainly because we have decided to pair it with sort of a grand opening of the farm and hops yards. Also, we have so many friends here now as well as some family, so it almost makes more sense to throw a party when you know people nearby might actually come.
We're going to have the party on the farm the first weekend in May (so a little after Finn's actual birthday, but that's fine). I'm hoping that will be a good time for the weather to be beautiful and not rainy, but the nice thing is that even if it is a rainy day we will still have the hoop houses and barn to stay dry in. There is plenty of room in there. And I'm sure that the toddlers would have fun rain or shine!
I've got some great ideas for kids activities so I think all the kids will have a great time. There may be a lot of them if most of the families I've invited show up! At first I thought we'd be crazy to have so many kids at the party, but knowing that it will be outside makes it less scary. There is a playground right beside the farm that the kids can play at, and there's no shortage of things to do and places to explore. I'm sure the little boys will love sitting on the tractor!
Not sure what we're going to do about food yet for all those people but we already have a bbq at the farm so that makes it a little easier. We can just do hot dogs and burgers with a variety of other snacks on the side. Nice and fun and simple. I have some ideas for what I'd like to do for cupcakes and other desserts.
Party planning is still a bit stressful, but I'm really looking forward to the event. I hope we get some great weather, and that lots of people come out to celebrate. I can't wait to have a fun day for my boys and especially for Finn, but I also can't wait for people to come see the farm and everything we've accomplished so far.