Preparing for the party? Well, I did put some effort in. But it was totally relaaaaaxed effort. Because it's a party for boys. Boys... who still think pizza delivered in a box is awesome. So I figured if it didn't look like there would be enough to eat or I didn't make things they particularly wanted to eat, no worries. I have the number for Pizza Hut. House a mess? No worries. Boys (most of them) don't care. Decorations? Don't care. Theme? Pizza and beer is a theme, right? Seriously, so easy to please. As an example of what I am working with: their character names for the game they were playing included "La Fartiste" and "turdlicker." Really, the most important part of my preparation for this party was the beverage supply.
But I had to do sooooomething for the St. Pat's birthday theme. It must be a form of OCD. I. must. have. a. theme.
So I made signs.
Made cupcakes. Manly ones.
Made a pot of gold, which I later filled with bottles of beer with gold caps and labels.
Made shamrocks from aluminum soda and beer can scraps.
A bunch of them.
And added them to the non-flowering flowers.
I made food. Black bean chicken nachos, barbecue chicken pizzas, pepperoni pizzas, chips and dip. Irish, right? But friend Michele brought corned beef and cabbage, so the Irish-ness was not completely lost in the food category. Gold candies and cookies in little black pots.
Although I wasn't stressed about the day, I didn't sit down, either. All of the normal stuff plus party prep was pretty exhausting. The best part was shirtless K "washing" the dishes, which gave me a few moments peace.
After the party started I talked to Adrianna on the phone. "Did they love it??" she asked? "No, they don't care. They're boys. But I'm standing here looking at one of the signs I made and I'm happy." No, they really didn't care. They loved the beer and the food and the video games, though.
Sleepy sigh. It's getting close to midnight and I still hear muffled explosion, crashing and beeping sounds downstairs. He's happy. He was totally surprised. Makes me happy. Tomorrow's a big day. Off to bed.