Last weekend we celebrated Annalyn’s fifth birthday with family. She had settled on a Tinkerbell theme months ago, and I’d been collecting and pinning ideas ever since.

My Tinkerbell Party board on Pinterest
included dozens of adorable, classy and clever ideas for a pixie party. And I didn’t use a single one of them.

Despite my love of homemade, crafty parties with a tight theme, coordinated decor and an elaborate menu, I just wasn’t feeling it this year. It’s been a rough year, we’ve been crazy busy lately, and honestly, Annalyn is completely happy with store-bought everything (as long as it has a fairy on it).

So even though it pained me to plan a less-than-fabulous party, it also took a huge burden off my shoulders. It is WAY easier to buy Disney invitations at the store, along with matching plates, cups and napkins. And you should have seen the smile on my kiddo’s face when I let her pick out the tackiest Tinkerbell cake the grocery store could make.

I guess it’s not a candidate for Cake Wrecks, but still. The plastic fairy pieces? They snap together to form a tacky necklace. A necklace!

The most ambitious I got was when I tied ribbon around a couple Mason jars and filled them with M&Ms and peanuts. Even the balloons were a lazy (or smart!) mom’s answer to decorations. I convinced my brother and husband to blow up as many pink and purple balloons as their lungs could handle . . . and then we just tossed them on the living room floor.

I’m telling you – this party was low-key!

But you know what else it was? FABULOUS. No, not by my grown-up standards. But in the eye of the guest of honor? It was the best Tinkerbell party a girl could ask for.

I love pouring my heart and to-do lists into planning a good party. (Exhibit A: Veggie Tales. Exhibit B: Mickey Mouse. Exhibit C: Party Planning E-book.) But I love not losing my mind even more. So the fact that my kiddo was thrilled with her low-key party is my idea of giving up on perfect in the perfect way!

What’s your idea of a perfect party?

This post is part of 31 Days of Giving Up on Perfect. All month long, I’ll be writing about my fight against perfectionism and my quest to get on with life, already. For more 31 Days, visit The Nester.

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