It seems like the end of the summer holidays was only about 5 minutes ago, and yet here we are at the beginning of September! And with the beginning of September comes the sudden realisation that it's a whole new academic year, we're edging closer to Halloween, bonfire night, and (gulp), Christmas.
Personally, I love September: for us as a party company, we really work to the academic year too, so September is almost a 'reset' point in the calendar; it's a time for us to reflect on the months just gone, start making plans for the time ahead, and think of new ways we can keep our parties exciting and fresh- being a party planner is all about being ahead of the curve and knowing the new trends (just so you know now, 2019 will be the year of the Llama- make a note). There's also something really special about the changing of the seasons- don't get me wrong, I love warm weather and endless sunshine as much as the next person, but I really do think I'm an Autumn girl at heart; I love a good bit of knitwear, warming up in front of a nice pub fireplace, and having an excuse to indulge in all things sweet, sticky and warming, safe in the knowledge that having an extra layer for winter is only ever a good thing.
If you're a parent, this time of year can be a time of turbulence, both emotionally and practically; on the one hand, you may be quite greatful that your little angels are going back to school and getting back to a routine; on the other, there's the twang of knowing that life is about to go back to it's usual, hectic pace. Perhaps your child is having their first school year this year, or you're changing schools; whatever it is, the new term brings new challenges and excitement for everyone.
The biggest thing to remember is to make time for the moments- Autumn is always a mad time of year, but it's so full of wonderful celebrations and events for you to make the most out of, and the darker nights mean more time to snuggle up with the kids and enjoy a good book. Reading is especially important for new school starters, so take this opportinity to make the most out of your bedtime routine- even setting aside 10 minutes every night to read with your child will make a huge difference, not only for them, but also for your mental health- it's so easy to rush through everything, and even taking a tiny bit of time to spend a special moment with your little ones will only ever have a hugely positive impact on you.
So enjoy this wonderful new season, have a great start of term, and don't forget that if you've got any parties coming up, get them organised and get it ticked off your list!
How's your September going- are you looking forward to the new term or is your to-do list getting ever increasingly longer? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Love, Poppy x