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the party that almost wasn't.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

In the wee hours of morning, while attempting to rock one smiley - and very awake - little baby back to sleep, I decided mid-exhaustion to have Saige's party at our house instead of the teeny-tiny art studio I mentioned in my last confessions post. I'm pretty sure Trev thought I was stark raving mad when I had to wake him up at 3am to tell him. I just might have a little crazy in me because {A} we've never hosted a kid-friendly event at our abode and {2} I had exactly 30 hours to cancel the original venue, buy supplies, contact all the invited guests, prep food, blow up balloons, borrow tables, pick up baked goods and CLEAN... clean like there was no a party tomorrow!
So running-around-like-a-chicken-with-its-head-cut-off-me not only forgot to charge and change batteries in both cameras but I emailed party guests the WRONG street address {I've only lived here for like 8+ years}. I didn't even realize my 4th instead of 45th Ave mistake until one of the moms called to say she couldn't find us on mapquest.

Talk about pre-party chaos, but despite some last minute venue changes, directional mishaps and very few photos being taken, I do believe our art party was a huge success... I mean who doesn't love cupcakes for breakfasts?

With my new year resolutions in mind, I let Becs hold my baby and Byron sweep the floor while I focused more on Saige and less on playing perfect host and photographer.
Saiger's birthdays have all had themes: little cupcakes, a teddy bear picnic and now a budding artist party. I had so much fun pinning ideas and executing the ones I felt I could handle...
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All 9 kids went home with their very own masterpiece and together they created a canvas for Saige to hang on her bedroom wall... is it not the most awesome 3 year old collaboration you've ever seen? 
In my efforts to simplify - and save money - I opted for an evite.com invitation rather than an Etsy one. Believe it or not I didn't even care that the ,photo  of Saige looked more like Zoolander's daughter than her, I just wanted a recent pic of her in front of her artwork and I also wanted to follow in Becca's footsteps and host the party on her actual birthday.
Saige's 10am-noon party is all about making messes & masterpieces so bring your creativity and a paint friendly shirt or smock.

Your presence is present enough, but if you'd like to bring Saige a gift, her bedtime routine could use some help in the form of your favourite 'before bed' book.

I'm beyond excited about all the new bedtime stories she received for gifts. Dean gave Saige her favourite book from daycare and it's become my favourite too. I highly recommend it for the child in your life's bookshelf.

the birthday song {well partially}.

13 comments:

Randalin. said...

Her party looks amazing! You did such a great job of pulling it all together - I am so impressed :)

Brianne G said...

as a "after party" guest I think this was a truly amazing idea! Great job Sara! I'll know who to call when lost for ideas up at SHR!

Sarah said...

I ADORE THIS (that needed all caps, fyi). I already promised Z his birthday party would be at a crazy indoor playplace but if I hadn't, I would steal all of this! It's such an amazing idea!
9 kids is a lot! Good for you!!!

Sarah said...

(ps- I linked this on my FB page- hope you don't mind!)

Our Little Bubble said...

looks perfect.. she's lucky to have such a creative mama!

SaigeWisdom said...

thanks ladies :)

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Heather said...

Wow! Excellent party - We've got to combine our forces for an 'adults' party when I get back, I want colour coded cupcakes!
Happy Birthday Saige!

ana {bluebirdkisses} said...

SWEET!! this looks like such a great party! lol I laughed when I read that you woke up your husband at 3am. Sometimes I come up with stuff when I'm nursing or trying to get J to go back down too...and always I wake M up...but most of the time he forgets everything that I told him so its almost pointless to even try.

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