Last weekend was Frida’s third birthday! You know what I’m going to say: I can’t believe she’s been in our lives for three years already! But my wonderful yoga teacher Wini Linguvic put it into perspective during possibly the only moment of calm amidst the frenzied party activities: “What a year it has been!” And she went on to detail the many milestones that had occurred: babies Georgie and James were not even in the picture yet. Baby Lexi’s adoption was finalized! Several jobs were lost and acquired. Wini had opened her own private yoga studio that her wife Kim built herself. Their daughter Morgan with her gorgeous blue eyes was talking up a storm in full sentences. Frida is now the big kid at daycare who “helps” Marta, her caretaker. And she is ALMOST potty trained (argh).
All of that is worthy of a proper pony party, right?? We had been to a couple other pony-riding parties at Lemos Farm in Half Moon Bay, and Frida had so much fun that we wanted her to have her own. So we made it happen, and she had a blast—we did, too, after working out a few glitches.
Here’s what we learned:
1. Make sure you can enter the party area a good hour before the party starts. We planned to get there 30 minutes early (plenty of time to set up for a party, right??) got stuck in traffic, and ended up at the site with about 20 minutes to spare before guests would arrive. And 10 of those minutes was spent signing in! I don’t have to tell you its super stressful when you’re laying out tablecloths, lighting charcoal and simultaneously greeting guests.
2. Make sure the area is self contained. We love Lemos Farm and there are so many fun things to do there: pony and choo choo rides, a petting zoo, bouncy houses and multiple play areas. However, the only party area available when I booked (#8) turned out to be spread around the farm. So in addition to trying to set up and greet people as the party started, we were also wrangling Frida who was running across the park into the jumpy house, trying to hop on the choo choo, and bolting to the opposite end of the park to the petting zoo. [Read more…]