With relief and a touch of hostility, I just closed my browser tab for “fresh strawberry cupcakes” at the Sally’s Baking Addiction. Same with sand dollar cinnamon cookies at Mama Miss and the “Mermaid party” search tab on Pinterest.
I’m so embarrassed. I fell for the social media illusion that a DIY Under the Sea Mermaid Birthday Party would be a piece of perfectly-iced cake. If adorable images have you thinking something similar, stop it right now.
Throw money at your party or get VERY organized. Follow instructions and allow approximately two weeks longer than you think is necessary to prepare. In my case that would have been two weeks and two days, which would have been just about right.
So you will understand what doing it yourself is really like, I give you my evolution from DIY newbie to wizened crafter with so many feelings:
3pm – 7pm
Hit Michaels, Dollar Tree and Safeway for supplies. Feel anger towards Michael’s for having an aisle #74. Feel proud for shopping two full days in advance of party. Drink a glass of rosé and go to bed early.