But to each her own. I am certainly not saying that parties are bad.
We had a small celebration when we were up in Mn last week with Mieka's grandparents. Just cupcakes, went to a big petting zoo, opened presents etc. We have a couple more presents here that were too big (dollhouse) to bring along, so we'll open them here on her actual b-day (this Saturday). We are all on the IHOP b-day mailing list, so she gets a free meal there for her b-day, so we'll do that too; she loves pancakes She has some other b-day freebies coming, so we like to go collect those....... 6 free cupcakes from the local grocery store, and free cookies from Brueggers and Barnes & Noble That's about it, we're not into big huge celebrations here, maybe when she's a bit older.
Mieka Claire 6-11-07 Henry Eli 3/30/09
I know what you mean, Kathy. I never had huge parties when I was a kid either- mostly just the grandparents would come over and we had cake and ice cream, that's it. Not sure why I feel the need to have a (semi) big party for Austin every year. I'm sure that will peter out as the years go on, ha ha. I know what you mean about getting huge amounts of toys, too. That probably stresses me out more than anything. Austin has TONS of toys, he literally does not have space for anymore.. that's exactly why I didn't invite his whole preschool class this year, because I was stressing about the amount of toys he was gonna get. LOL Sad, isn't it.
I like the idea of letting the kiddo do something special on their birthday. We took Austin out for supper the night of his actual b-day and let him pick. Taco Bell is what he chose. Ick!
Christine-- I meant to say that I love the Cars 2 movie party idea! How cool that it worked out to be the same time frame as the opening. Our movie theater does parties like that too. I'm sure Adrian and his friends/cousins will have a blast.
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Brady gets to have a few little parties as this is such a busy time of the year for us. Trying to fit it all in is so hard! He wanted to invite a few of his school friends over on his actual Birthday (Saturday) so he is having 6 friends over to swim and have cake. He is having a batman party. Sunday evening we will have a BBQ and invite 2 families that we are close to over (I am sure they will bring gifts) Then on the 16th my Great Niece Jade turns 1. She comes to my daycare so we are doing a pizza party with the daycare kids to celebrate both birthdays at the same time. Brady likes to celebrate, but not with a huge party. Those are too stressful for everyone involved!
A few years ago my DD was having a party and invited her whole class. We didn't want a ton of gifts so she asked her friends to bring pet food/toys instead. She then brought them to the Humane Society and gave them to the animals there. She loved doing that but did admit after that she missed not getting any gifts!
Our main problem with birthday parties is limiting the number of adults who want to come. Like with the CARS 2 party, I'm sure we will have quite a few aunts, grandmas, friends, etc.. who want to come, but we cannot afford to buy them all movie tickets. So I am just going to invite them to the party part, but they can buy their own movie ticket. Is that rude? I will buy tickets for the children we invite and their moms, but that is it.
Adrian - 4 years
Mila - 20 months
We already had Vincent's party and it was huge as usual. I have a really big family alone so with all of them, plus Shane's family, plus friends it gets crazy but we wouldn't have it any other way. He had a Spiderman theme which he picked out, poor Vance. I did Spiderman invitations, a Spiderman cake, but a Sponge Bob pinata because that is what Vance really wanted. We did water fun at our house in the backyard. We filled up the kiddie pool, got a big ball sprinkler, and did water balloons. The boys had a blast and the weather was perfect.
Kids' bday parties are my "thing". I love the idea of celebrating each kid on his/her special day. I try to do something memorable each year, but not specifically costly. This year I'm planning a carnival birthday. We'll have the older kids and neighbors running simple booths for him and his friends. That way we involve everyone and they all have fun. I'm doing it at 2pm so that there's no meal. We'll have popcorn, snow cones, etc. No goody bags. Just some cheap prizes for their tickets.
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Stephanie - ooh, water balloons, that sounds cool. I just can't do big parties at my house though, it stresses me out too much.
Esti - that sounds like a lot of fun, can I come?
Adrian - 4 years
Mila - 20 months