I think it’s safe to say I sometimes get carried away. Luckily there is one place in my life where this is just fine and dandy.
At my office, each of us in my department is in charge of another’s birthday. You send around a card for all of us sign (all 10 of us), set up a time on our calendar to celebrate and bring in a treat. We are all event account managers so planning parties is something we all know how to do. There is a drawer full of assorted colored tablecloths, festive paper plates and plastic silverware, a few party hats.
I am the keeper of the drawer and also the schedule of who plans the birthdays. About 5 years ago, when updating the list for a new hire, I assigned myself to my friend, Norma. Norma lives life large. She is a single mother of two boys; she moved here with them from Mexico when they were babies (after the death of her husband, who was an employee at my company). She was able to put her hotel experience to good use and eventually ended up at BIW and in my department. She is outspoken, funny, full of energy and loves celebrations as much as I do. No one gets more enjoyment out of their own birthday than Norma does. We are a birthday party match made in heaven.
This year I did a flamingo theme. Not sure why although I remember that I thought the idea up a while back. First I found a big petal envelope back in the client mailing center and did a huge card for everybody to sign.
Then I made a banner that spelled out her name. (I got this banner die set a year ago so I am always looking for an excuse to make a banner.) I turned off the tv in the lunchroom to hang it up.
I set up the table with lots of pink, using the cupcakes (the feature photo) as the centerpiece. The menu included pink cupcakes with pink and white icing and flamingo straws, white chocolate popcorn with pink sprinkles (Norma loves popcorn), pink sixlets and ice cream with pink sprinkles).
This is way over the edge and created quite a stir in my building as I was getting everything set up. People from other departments came in and some folks even took pictures. Everyone seems to think I’m a little crazy. But Norma was thrilled and I’m thrilled to over-do for an appreciative audience.
When was the last time you got a little carried away?