Operation ‘Party Plan’



*The agent dons video message sunglasses.  A voice recording begins to play*: ‘Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to plan your son’s eighth birthday party.’

‘Your team will be: Deb, on butty production, Linda, on ‘stop kids from strangling each other’ duty and Husband on…well, just use him as you wish.  This message will self-destruct in five seconds.’

BANG!  A puff of smoke escapes into the air as the glasses self-combust and crumble into a pile of ash on the table.

Agent 36B (formerly known as 34D) checks she is wearing appropriate uniform for her party plan mission: spotty pyjamas, fingerprint-smeared glasses, smelly slipper boots, unwashed hair and greasy face.  Check.

She scans the items on her list and sets out the equipment she will need for Stage 1: scissors, Sellotape, wrapping paper, Haribo sweets and fifty novelty gifts.

She barks instructions at her husband: ‘First, Sellotape, short pieces, all around the table, fast as you can.  Then, brew up.  Then, make egg mayonnaise and tuna mayonnaise.  Well?  What are you waiting for?  The party is at fifteen hundred hours.  GO, GO, GO, GO, GO!’

She grimaces as she turns to the task in front of her: four rolls of wrapping paper in various designs to be used for ease of identification in the following categories: ‘older boy’ (OB); ‘older girl’ (OG); ‘younger boy’ (YB); ‘younger girl’ (YG).

She works relentlessly, head bowed in concentration, raising it only when she suddenly hears the yelled oxymoron: ‘Batman has a nosebleed!’

She pauses briefly to wonder at the irony that a superhero, usually impervious to injury, could become so undone by a weak blood vessel before grabbing kitchen towel to mop him up before it goes all over the ‘dry clean only’ costume.

She resumes her task, muttering only a couple of expletives under her breath when she cuts the wrapping paper fifty millimetres too small, deftly patching it with scraps of un-matching paper whilst fighting off a toddler who is trying to ‘help’ by passing paper that isn’t needed, screwing up pieces of Sellotape and narrowly avoiding standing on the scissors.

Then catastrophe strikes.  The Sellotape runs out.  She calmly(ish) tries to think where there might be some more.  She has a vague recollection of a roll in the loft left over from Christmas so she stealthily(ish) climbs the step-ladders and swings effortlessly(ish) into the loft, nimbly(ish) stepping over the huge pile of general crap but to no avail, so she goes to her back up plan…and her husband is rapidly dispensed to purchase some more.

Once the gifts are wrapped/cobbled together, categorised and crossed off her list, Agent 36B turns her attention readily to potato salad, such is the razor-sharpness of her mind.  She occasionally pauses to wipe ice-cream from her pyjama-clad backside where her semi-naked toddler has grabbed her to get her attention as he spirals into yet another tantrum.

Her mental agility allows her to zone him out completely whilst she chops spring onions, carelessly tossing them into an awaiting bowl, then barely breaks pace as she bends to pick up the lumps of poo he has kindly deposited on the floor before sanitising her hands and boiling her peas and sweetcorn.

Undeterred by the chaos and mess around her and boys in various state of dress-up and undress, she sets up her own butty production line, with an enviable spreading action followed by deadly prowess with a bread knife as she cuts the sandwiches into perfect triangles.  A final garnish of lettuce and tomatoes and she’s good to go on the cling film…

Her arch nemesis: bastard cling film.  She can’t help feeling resentful that things always run like clockwork until it comes to the bastard cling film.  She scrabbles with unfiled fingernails to peel off tiny, useless slivers.  A vein pulses dangerously in her temple as she fails time and again to draw out a piece big enough to cover her carbohydrates.

Aware of the potentially crust-curling warm air, made warmer by the stream of expletives coming from her mouth, her intensive training kicks in and she approaches this particular stumbling block from a different angle: imagining she is extracting stubborn clumps of ear wax and firmly attached bogeys from the facial orifices of her offspring, she gently she begins to tease out the cling film until she finally has enough to wrap her baps.

She proudly surveys her handiwork and checks the time: fourteen hundred hours.  Only thirty minutes remaining before Operation ‘Buffet Drop’.  She won’t have time to shave her legs and top up toe-nail polish if she’s to pluck her eyebrows too.  Think, think. Always have a Plan B, that’s what she’s always been taught.  Aha!  A Maxi dress it is.

Disaster has been averted once more and another mission successfully completed.  Thank f*** there’ll be a bar…

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12 thoughts on “Operation ‘Party Plan’”

  1. Emma says:

    Absolutely hilarious. Love everything about this post. More than made me smile. Practically convulsed at the clingfilm part. Well done you. #s2s2d!

    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. It’s great to get your comments 🙂

  2. Coombemill says:

    Oh my all sounds lots of fun and stress in one, glad it all ended up OK #S2S2D

    1. It was utter chaos but so disastrous it was comical. And yes, it was great in the end and all worth it. Thanks for reading 🙂

  3. Oh, that made me chuckle! So been there 🙂 There’s never enough Sellotape is there?! We have a 7th birthday a week today, just been writing my to do list… Thanks for linking up to #S2S2D

    1. No, never. Or wrapping paper. Sorry for the late reply, my comments have been going into my spam folder. Hope the party went well. You’re welcome, thanks for reading 🙂

  4. Sarah Miles says:

    Hahahaha! I LOVE this, especially the sodding wrapping paper being too short. Happened to me yesterday morning as I frantically wrapped 28 books as departure presents. Sorry kids. But I did give ’em a bag of sweets too…

    I have given up on sarnies and morphed into sausage in a roll woman or pizza. They never eat the sandwiches anyway…well, except the jam ones.

    I hate kids parties, especially the ones I have to host.

    £100+ for 2 hours of hell……

    Cheery soul, aren’t I? 😉

    1. No, I feel your pain and ALWAYS with the wrapping paper, even when you think you’ve measured it properly. And no, they barely touch the sandwiches. We had an entertainer this time so once the preparation was done I handed over to him which was such a relief. It meant I could prop up the bar instead.. 😉

  5. hahahaha, oh this really made me laugh Agent 36B, especially the evil of all evils bastard clingfilm 🙂

    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. It IS evil. And it always knows when you’re in a rush… Thanks for reading xx

  6. Absolutely loved reading this hun. I imagine many parents can relate to this and I suspect this is how I will be in a few years.

    Laura x x x

    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. Ah, you’ve got it all to look forward to then! The secret is to make sure there’s a bar 😉 xx

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