Why I Should Be “Mother of the Year”

Unlike my dear blog friends Ilene from The Fierce Diva Guide to Life and Chris from The Mom Cafe, I have not been officially designated “Mother of the Year” by any governing body or election committee, nor have I earned a congratulatory badge to display on my blog.

What I do have, however, is photographic proof that I should be considered for next year’s contest (or at least receive an honorable mention for best decorations) for pulling off what has heretofore been an impossible feat for mothers around the globe me – a drama-lite, at-home birthday party for our newly-minted five-year old daughter and 15 of her closest friends.

After ignoring the warnings of several more experienced mom friends (“You’re having how many five year olds in your house?”), I honored Rhys’s wish for a birthday tea party and invited all the girls from her preschool class. Impossibly, everyone said yes, and several moms inquired about bringing siblings. What the hell, I thought! Bring ’em all! I’m nothing if not a “yes” person! Gulp.

Fortunately, we encountered nary a meltdown and zero very few fewer than expected mommy (meaning me) tantrums. Victory! Oh and Rhys had fun too …

Hanging those poofs and lanterns resulted in the biggest argument hubs and I have ever had. Worth it, no?!

Hanging those poofs and lanterns resulted in the biggest argument hubs and I have ever had. Definitely worth it, no?!

A dear friend and consumate party planner loaned me all the decorations for our tea party. Can you say eco-friendly? That should buy me extra points with the selection committee! Right?

A dear friend loaned me all the decorations for our tea party. Can you say eco-friendly? That should buy me extra points with the “Mom of the Year” people! Right?

I almost didn't mind when all the kids messed up my artfully displayed creation!

I almost didn’t mind when the kids arrived and messed up my perfectly arranged stuff!

I say, what's a tea party without a magician? The little one is my newly minted five year old!

What’s a tea party without a magician? The little one is my five year old!

I eagerly await the “Mother of the Year” nominating committee’s congratulatory email! Until then, happy birthday, Rhys! We love you!

44 thoughts on “Why I Should Be “Mother of the Year”

  1. You deserve HUGE accolades Mary. HUGE. I would never have been able to pull off a party that looked like that. My kids get pizza on Costco plates and dollar store goody bags! You are definitely Mom of the Year in my eyes!

  2. Oh MARY!!!! You TOTALLY earned Mother of the YEAR in my book!!!!! Those decorations are amazing!!!! Holy crap I have never ever EVER done anything like THAT!! Magician too? And your daughter is simply gorgeous!!! You’re a dear for the shout out, my friend!!!

  3. My inner Martha is green with envy! What a gorgeous tea party. And my inner Bitch says F those moms who asked about siblings.

    Congrats to you, Mother of the Year!!

  4. Wow, beautiful party. I usually blow up some balloons and toss them on the ground and call it a party.

  5. Wow – now I feel crap. I thought I had done well agreeing to a sleepover for my 7 year old, taking 6 kids to the cinema and providing umbrellas to put in their drinks.

  6. O-H. . . M-Y. . . G-O-D!!!! Move over Martha. There’s a new maven in town and her name is ATEACHABLEMOM!!!! Wow!!!! I’m in awe of how hands-down magnificently beautiful your home looked for Rhys’ celebration. Holy Cow!!!! Not to mention how funny and enjoyable I found this post. Bravo and yes, you have my vote for “Mother of the Year!” Your writing and pictures add sunshine to my day. Thank you! Love you lots and lots.

  7. I LOVE IT!! make me an ice cream social party!! that is so gorgeous! i wouldn’t want them to mess up my fabulous work either! this is what i miss not having a girl. 🙂

  8. You so deserve mother of the year!! I can’t believe how amazing your house looks! I could never in a million years pull that off. However, I have documented just about every soccer game in my kids’ history for their teams in pictures. Does that count?

    • He was all “it’s not gonna work, the fishing line will break with all those poofs and lanterns on it.” I was all like “don’t give me excuses, shut up and make it happen!” I was channeling Martha Stewart the entire time. I won. Woot. Thankfully, he still thinks I’m pretty cute. 😉

  9. Really adorable! AND extra bonus points for recycling the decorations! 🙂 I hung Christmas ornaments from our dining room chandelier and broke one while taking them down rather quickly (and fought with my husband about it too). What is it about hanging decor?!

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