I recently had the opportunity to speak to the mom’s group I’ve been attending for nearly five years. This was actually my third time speaking to them, but it was extra special to me as it will be my last. Our move is only eight weeks away now, and it is so bittersweet. This group of mothers has grown from about forty women when I started attending to almost two hundred mamas. I have learned so much in my journey as a new mother from these women, I’ve learned about true friendship. maternal sacrifice, and so much laughter. I’m going to miss this group and their boundless wisdom and encouragement so much. I was flattered they offered me the chance to speak about something I love and adore, parties! I was disappointed as this was the week, I was so nasty sick. I got out of the bed that Friday for the first time in about eight days. I got so weak and wobbly during my talk, I had to sit down. Overall, it went well and it was such a joy to feel like I was contributing something to a group of women who have been so helpful to me. Also, Thank you so much to Gift of Today Photography for the amazing photos!!!
I opened with a disclaimer- your children love you. They are proud of you regardless of what kind of party you throw for them. My hope for this talk was that they would walk away with practical advice for any parties and events they might host in their lives. It doesn’t have to be expensive to be special.
One thing I really wanted to drive home to the mamas in attendance was that if you have to spend money on something anyway, please spend it to support another mother. My favorite party mom is Twigs N Twirls. She contributed all the balloons and decor you see, and I love that when I make a purchase from her shop I’m supporting her four children.
Some other tips I shared:
Venue: parks, splash pads during public hours, community centers.
Time: Choose less favorable times and try to choose times of day that you don’t have to serve a full meal!
Narrow down your guest list. Let go of the guilty feeling of not inviting XYZ and only invited people your kid knows and enjoys!
Theme/Decor: Use things you already have in your house. LEGO bricks, stuffed animals, construction vehicles. Pictures of your child are wonderful personalized touches, free printables from across the web, visit the Dollar Tree, buy items that are in generic in color so you can reuse!
Party favors: used books, broken crayons turned into shape crayons, hand scrubs
Gifts: Books, Clothes, Subscriptions
These were just a few of the many tips I shared, if you’d like to discuss a speaking opportunity in Beaverton or Portland, Oregon for 2017/2018. I would love to chat with you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org