I'm not exactly sure at which exact point the "stayers" at a party went from the ones who could drink the most alcohol and stay up all night, to four or five women sipping on tea at 11pm, sitting at my kitchen table gorging on whatever was left over on the dessert platter, discussing which backpack to get from the booklist for our future high schoolers.
I hosted a little Soiree (fancy word for a small gathering/party) for a few close friends on Friday night in honour of edging that little bit closer to 40. Yup, my birthday. Here's the official invite....You can also see it in the custom design gallery.
Some people shy away from birthdays, stating "oh no not another", or "please don't mention it" but not me. I LOVE my birthday. Have always loved it. At school, I loved the attention, then I sort of forgot about it for a decade whilst I raised the kids simply appreciated the handmade cards and gifts they'd made.
A birthday for me now, is the perfect excuse not to cook dinner, or fold washing, or clean toilets, or do anything chore related really. And that's the best gift. A day off - to an extent. We all know mum's don't get days off, but if you can reduce the chores by claiming "not on my birthday", then it kind of feels like a day off.
This year, the kids begged dad to take them shopping to buy me a present. Clearly they are getting older and a hand made card wasn't going to cut it for them anymore. I was so chuffed that they'd wanted to do that, I didn't even worry about what it was. For me, it's always about the thought, not the gift and I sincerely mean that. All I want now is to be around family and friends and I guess a birthday is a yearly reminder to be grateful that I have such precious people in my life.
My husbands birthday is today. So it's kind of birthday week around here (hubby, me, my mum, my brother, my niece, my brother-in-law, a few friends and their kids, all in a week and a half). All he wanted was a day off too. We went away for the weekend, and whilst he loved the gift I bought him, the greatest gift I could give him was to take the kids home early yesterday so he could enjoy the serenity with his brother-in-law/best mate for just one more night. He loved it. He texted (is that a word? or do I just say text? Not sure..anyway...) us last night to tell us so. Tonight we have ice cream cake for him, with little chocolate frogs in it, because I know he loves that too. Plus, I didn't have to bake anything so its a bonus all round.
It's funny how our needs get less materialistic as we get older.
Now let's bring this back to stationery.
Because it's birthday week at our place, and because I don't need the presents, YOU get the present! I'm giving a little gift away to you, my lovely readers. Click on the link below for your free printable file for a sleepover party. Using my memory that's getting older by the minute, the sleepover party is the initiation into when being a "stayer" starts. If you manage to stay awake all night with your best buddies, then it's the ultimate pinnacle.
This also ties in with the launch of a sister site, COMING SOON, that will be all digital files, downloadable straight from the site, ready to print from your home printer. Stay tuned! I'm hoping to launch in the next week or so.