Ms. Elaine Kneeous

Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.

Oh, yes, this will just take an hour to clean up...

“You know you’ve hosted a good party when there’s frosting in the carpet.”


I’m sure Miss Manners never said that, but I certainly do.  Kyla’s third birthday party was, in my estimation, a total success.  MY standards of success are:


Left over’s:  Not so many that you wonder if people liked your cooking, but enough that tell you there were plenty of offerings.


Plates & cups scattered about:  You know people were more concerned with enjoying themselves and eating than worrying about what to do with an empty punch cup.


Wrapping paper, bows, etc.:  Despite posting “no gifts please” on the invites, people love your child enough to come bearing gifts.


Guests still in your home after the stated “party hours:” When people aren’t in any great rush to leave you feel like a welcoming hostess.


Total exhaustion at the end of the evening:  When you feel like you’ve done too much, you’ve done just enough.  And finally…


A very happy child:  When you hear your little girl talking on a play phone telling “Dora” what a great party she had with balloons and cousins to play with, that’s all you need to tell you that you’ve done a good job.


I think this photo says it all:


Now, clearly the good folks at “Right@Home” are trying to make my life easier.  But “60 minute Spring Cleaning?”  Bwa ha ha ha!  Unless you can rent a bulldozer by the hour, who are they KIDDING???!!!


BTW, an official post about Kyla’s soiree is on the way.  Recipes and photos (besides the after-party destruction shown here) to come!

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