I have come to accept a few things about my family and myself...
1. Every child I have will always have a Batman birthday party for their 4yr celebration. I don't know why this has been the case so far, but it always is. Funny.
2. I will always depend on other people to take my children's birthday party pictures. Whether it be my famous sister Amy or now...Amber, my new recruit. Especially since my camera is freakin BROKEN...ugh. Annoying. I guess I'm gonna go back to using my old Nikon now but I gotta find that dang cord for it.
So my party WAS gonna be at our house. I booked this company called Once Upon a Theme here in Jacksonville and they provided everything. I'll go into detail about that later. The forecast was for rain (although I didn't see a SINGLE drop) so the company moved the party to the fire station. Uhmm, GREAT for me because I don't have to clean my house now. Love that. I just show up, have fun...and leave.
SOOOO, lemme tell you why I won't be starting a party business here is Jville.
First of all, let's reflect back to Jessica's Princess Parties when it was in MY ownership. (please disregard the website it is now, I LOVED my website and I wish she hadn't changed it).
JESSICA'S PRINCESS PARTIES
1 1/2 Hours of Solid Entertainment
(including games, treasure hunt, dancing and face paint)
The Princess of your Choice
Carnival Like Treasures for all the Guests
A Plastic Tiara and Gift for the Bday Girl
Total = $265
ONCE UPON A THEME
2 full hours of party hosting and entertainment (but we went over a WHOLE hour)
1 hour before and 1 hour after of setup and cleanup
3 party hosts (who monitor everything. you sit back and have fun. they even write down all Your gifts for you)
1 character of your choice
A HUGE obstacle course bouncy
A craft (making capes)
Cake (even with candles)
Drinks for all
All paper eating products and plastic ware
A life size card signed by all your guests
Goodie boxes for every guest
Balloons for every guest
**Extras that I got**
Firetruck rides for ALL the guests
Firehouse goodie bags for all the guests with sticker badges
Total = $300
I can't even compete with this folks. I don't know HOW they make ANY money, but I'm not arguing! It was sooo great! I showed up with NOTHING except my kids!!
Special thanks to Peter and Nikki Dyba. They did an awesome job...and I'm a pretty tough critic given my background *wink*
oops I mean Spidey and Batman
Miah found this Flash costume we had and wanted Izey to sport it.
Here I am looking like I'm getting ready for a beauty pageant or something. What the crap is up with me looking like I have too much makeup on??! Why didn't anyone tell me I looked like a drag queen!?!?
Staci is Summer's cousin who is married to Rob
Rob is Matt's brother and Matt is married to Mica
Mica is Enos' sister and Enos is married to Lindsay...MY sister.
The seven degrees of me and Summer.
SOOO, we're sister in laws or something.
Tug O War
The MAIN man arrived in a Firetruck.
The cake that I've already eaten 25 pieces of.
(still...too much makeup)
The three heroes.
My very own Batman that I got to take home with me.
A beautiful butterfly who ripped her dress IN HALF.
Firetruck rides at the end.
I'd like to thank Once Upon a Child for putting all this together so I didn't have to do anything at all except wear too much makeup and smile.
I'd like to thank Amber who took ALLLLLL my pictures for me because my jacked up camera is broken AND because I just like for people to do things for me.
I'd like to thank MA for watching my baby the whole time even though he smells like vomit.
I'd like to thank Summer for just being pretty and smiling all the time.
I'd like to thank the firemen who donated their building for us to use and took us on rides and let us honk their horns (in a PG way).
I'd like to thank my good friend Marsha for the cake. We all know her. Not really.
I'd like to thank all the guest for the presents that Miah is loving this very moment.
I'd like to thank my Lover for workin hard and paying for this party.
This day couldn't have been possible without all of you and I'm just so grateful for everything.