Every year my kids set off into their imaginations about what their next birthday party theme will be.

Trianiti’s birthday is in January, she generally gives me the theme late October, because this DIY mama needs time to plan and to make sure it’s extra special.

The one thing I’ve found out about party planning, DO NOT wait until the last-minute. As an Etsy shop owner, I get the last minute requests all the time, and I can just tell by their messages they are in desperate need. Why do this to yourself? Why give yourself extra gray hairs that aren’t wanted? Give yourself some time to plan, make this fun for you and your child!

Remember those 9 months of baby planning you did while pregnant, and the joy it was to finally say “Hello”? Party planning for their birthday should be the same joy. Remember that with every birthday, there is a milestone. Both of you got through another year of laughs & tears, groundings & vacations, ‘I hate you’s’ & ‘I love you’s’. Enjoy the process, have fun planning together, and look back on the last year of your life together.

This past October, Trianiti set out to have the best disco/neon party out there. Stop right there, disco? Are we not in 2017, who does disco anymore? To answer that, my kids does. I set off into my journey of party planning. I scoured Pinterest and couldn’t come up with a whole lot of ideas. CRAP! This was going to be a hard one!

As I quickly found out, it really wasn’t going to be that hard. Colors were already picked; neon, and she told me she wanted a black light dance party. Sweet! So off I went.

The first thing that I got was the black light from amazon, I also picked up a BUNCH of neon glow sticks (update: If I were to host another glow party, I would buy all of the glow stuff here). In the play room, for her name, I placed the sticks together to form letters & taped them up on the wall, you don’t have to break them, the black light makes them light up! We also punched out the circles & strung them with my sewing machine, then hung. ( I used this tutorial to learn how to do this.)

I made the banner & cake topper with my cricut, and again punched out more circles for the backdrop and table.

For an activity I let them faces with neon body paint. **Warning** Although it was super fun, and everyone enjoyed it, please don’t do this! We found out that the body paint irritated skin & some of the girls had red blotches on their faces and others were left with very itchy skin!

Although I am not a partycity person, I do go there for SOME party needs. Here is what I got there:

Neon plates & Neon cups. Bead Necklaces & a few black table covers

After cake & presents, I let all the girls go downstairs & blast the music to dance the night away (until 11pm).

The next morning after all the girls left, Trianiti came up to me and hugged me so tight, looked up at me and said “Thank you Mom for that amazing party! It was the best yet, and I had a blast! Thank you for making me feel special!”

And this is why I do what I do, because making 1 kid feel like their specical is what it’s all about.

-Ashlee

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