I blame the white butterfly birthday cake my Mom made me for my ninth birthday. It was decorated with colored orange coconut and bright candies. That was the cake that inspired me to learn how to decorate cakes and inspired me to throw parties my boys would remember when they got older.
My youngest son, Carsen, recently turned seven. (sigh) He’s getting taller. His legs are longer, his torso stretching… I judge their growth by the laundry going in the wash. Surely my boys don’t wear these jeans, the same jeans that inch their way higher.
Carsen, my Carsen, is bright and creative and sees his world through drawings and colors on paper. He is different than his brother in his own glorious way. My what a task it is to be entrusted with these boys!
This year CJ wanted a Minecraft Birthday. Yes, that god-forsaken game just about EVERY child is playing. I had refused to learn the lingo — to remain detached from this one fad but alas our conversations inevitably turned to the game and the exciting adventures of Steve. I knew I was done for when I started asking them for explanations and it only seemed fitting to do so because I was in charge of creating a Minecraft party.
Planning their birthday parties is my favorite thing to do. Enter Pinterest! BEFORE I wrote down a Guest List you can bet I scoured and pinned everything I could find on Minecraft parties and menus and decoration. My “Party Ideas,” board was brimming with eye candy. Continue reading