Five years ago I became a mom to a little girl and my life changed forever! Two and a half years later, I became a mom to another sweet little girl and again, our lives change forever! I wanted the best for my girls, within reason of course.
Birthday number one approached and I was eagerly searching Pinterest for the perfect invitations, decorations and to find that unique birthday cake no one else has made before. The Elmo theme took a lot of time to pull off and I’m pretty sure my then 1-year old didn’t even notice how much time and energy I put into her “Pinterest-worthy” party.
Stop the Pinterest Mommy Guilt
Year after year, I tried hard to create a Pinterest-worthy birthday parties for both girls. You start with a theme, collect all the items, plan the food, print labels and decorate your house to that one theme. After all that work, you fret about the cake you made as it was a big flop or a Pinterest failure.
It’s time to stop the Pinterest Mommy Guilt. I’m talking about the mommy guilt WE put on ourselves to have the best, no wait… to have the perfect Pinterest birthday party for your 1-year-old, 2-year-old, 5-year-old. Take a step back and focus on the point of the party – to celebrate a person’s life not the perfect decorations or handcrafted cut out cheese pieces that took more time then picking up your grocery order for the party itself.
Now, I realise this is my opinion only but for the first time I don’t have a plan for my child’s 5th birthday party mid-June. Other then she wants some “Frozen” decorations that I have bought from a local store, I’m not printing any labels or colour coding the party favour bags.
The stress is gone, the planning is easy and the Pinterest Mommy guilt I used to have is gone!
My daughters will never know that I didn’t coordinate the perfect Pinterest Party but hopefully they will know and see how much fun it is to plan a simple (for me) party. A party where we eat and play with our friends and family without the guilt of not having everything perfect.
Do you put a lot of pressure on yourself to have a Pinterest worthy party for your children?