Ceci Diaries


Ever since I can remember, I’ve been passionate about birthday parties. And now that my son, Mason, is getting older and more aware of his big day, I wanted to do something really special for him. So I decided to throw a race car-themed party to remember! To help those of you out there who are thinking of doing the same, I thought I’d pass on some of my tips for planning and organizing a third birthday party.

For all of you who were here last year, you’ll remember the Monster Mash I threw for Mason. It was a big success, but it also helped me make an important discovery. In my desire to make everything just so, I attempted to run things on a precise schedule: 2pm for the first activity, 2:30pm for the second, and so on. I soon noticed the kids could care less. It was like herding cats! This year I knew I just had to let it go, and that’s exactly what I did. I planned a handful of activities – from races in homemade cardboard box cars to decorating Eleni’s New York car-shaped cookies with special markers – and let the kids do whatever they pleased. A win-win for everyone!

As for the actual planning, I’m here to tell you that you should only bite off as much as you can chew. There’s no reason to put all that pressure on yourself. Feeling super creative? Go ahead and make your own cake – there’s a whole bunch of fun baking accessories in this week’s Get the Look that look fun to try – and carry your theme through to your party space with clever decorations. But if you’re lacking time and are looking for something unique, do like me and seek out talented pros who are guaranteed to add polish to your event. In my case, photographer Kristi Drago-Price and Amy Kolz from Village CakeCraft really took things to the next level. Remember, birthdays are about celebrating life, not stressing out about it!