To take you back on my initial birthday planning journey, I wanted a bright hall with lots of windows – something that was lively and open would be more birthday like than having it at a restaurants banquet hall or the typical community centre with a gym floor. After many hours and weeks of searching, I found the perfect hall that was friendly on the pocket and provided me with the bright natural lit hall I was looking for. After my husband and I discussed it back and forth, I knew I couldn’t wait too long before the hall would be snatched up right before my eyes…after all it is wedding season! So her birthday lands on a Sunday this year, so the plan was to either have the birthday on Saturday or Sunday. I mean honestly speaking Sunday afternoon would have been ideal, but of course the halls that I LOVED were unavailable during the afternoon time slots on the Sunday. Saturday to my luck was available after 2pm, so I thought wonderful, that would be great and even though it was a day before her big day, I was totally okay with that given how difficult it was finding a hall that I was sold on. My husband still thought doing it in a banquet hall would be perhaps more economical where food could also be provided along with the hall and we wouldn’t have to do the work associated with having it in a community centre (set-up, take-down, plates, cutlery, etc). I get it, but I didn’t want the typical restaurant…after all, 1st birthdays only come once! After the debate back and forth, I finally convinced my husband that a 1st birthday needed to be somewhere bright even if that meant doing the work ourselves of setting up tables and chairs and bringing catered food in, I was willing to do that, but him not so much.
Now here is the big bummer, the hall was no longer available for the few hours (2pm to 6pm) I wanted it for, it was only available on the Saturday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Now keep in mind we had to set up and take down in that two hour time frame. It is impossible to set up and all of that, have a birthday, take everything down and clean up all in two hours…basically there was no way I could have the birthday and be done and out of there by 4 if I was given the hall at 2. I was back to the drawing board until the option of Sunday evening came about. They had the hall available for Sunday evening after 5:00 pm…now as a mother I was totally devastated, as I had come to the conclusion that this was the worst thing ever and her birthday was not working the way I had hoped… and as any mother would envision, something like this only happens once and for that reason it is imperative that it is PERFECT. After a few hours of looking at other halls, I thought it was in our best interest to take the hall on the Sunday evening. Even though it is a child’s birthday, I was, and still am a bit worried that 5:00 pm is a bit late for people to come, but than also thought, who parties it up for hours at a child’s birthday anyways, so I guess it could work (it was going to have to work) after all, we didn’t have much choice left and time was ticking. It was almost a month before the big day and I needed to get the invitations out….