As I was preparing for Iddo’s first friend birthday party this summer when she turned three I did venture on to Pinterest for a look-see. And then I left it all alone. I decided I wanted the party to be “Pinterest Inspiring” and not “Pinterest Inspired.” And then I never posted a review of what I did so others could find it all on Pinterest.
I loved how the party turned out. She loves colors and rainbows and Sesame Street monsters. If I did a search on any of those three I could come up with probably hundreds of ideas, but none of them would be quite what would fit Iddo and really not fit with each other. So we made it up as we went, with the overall theme of “Iddo’s Party.”
We had monster cupcakes, played pin-the-eye-on-the-monster, and made fleece monster finger puppets. I hung my giant rainbow kite from the ceiling and we had primary color fruit kabobs with primary color yarn balls and crayons for her friends to take home. And then for good measure, because it was summer, we had pink lemonade popsicles. It was a great party and she and her friends had a lot of fun.
Pinterest hadn’t even started when we were planning our wedding seven years ago. But I’m sure that I wouldn’t have been able to find any wedding ideas for “Brett and Lisa are getting married” there anyway, which was the theme for our wedding. I would’ve had to mix and mash and modify whatever I did find.
Pinterest isn’t a bad place to find ideas, to find a starting point to mix, mash, and modify to make it your own. But wouldn’t it be better to spend more time trying to live an inspiring life rather than an inspired one?