“In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
I always dread the pressure that throwing a birthday party brings. Writer Glennon Doyle Melton sums up my usual state of being before a party in her phrase “hostressing.”
I know I’m to blame for putting a lot of pressure on myself to throw a successful party, and I’m getting better at scaling back every year to ease my stress level.
It’s really interesting to observe the many different ways parents approach children’s birthday parties.
On the one end are the over-the-top birthday parties with rented ponies for the kids to ride. On the other end are the parents who forego a party altogether.
I generally fall somewhere in the middle of these two ends of the spectrum. I’m no Martha Stewart, but I do throw a party every year.
I’ve played the role of stressed-out hostess enough times to finally come to a conclusion about the type of party that works best for me.Continue Reading