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Birthday Plans

So what are all your little ones doing for their birthday? Big party? Little party? No party? Adrian's birthday is not until the end of June and we are going to have a CARS 2 party with Adrian and his three cousins and my best friend's two kids. We will have cake and popcorn and soda at the theater, then everyone will go see the movie. Adrian is super excited!

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Well since we took Brandon on that trip to Disney as his birthday present we decided to do a smaller party (the one we usually do at my parent's house).

He wanted a Harry Potter party so we found some discounted harry potter decorations online, had close friends and family and bought some pizza. We also got him a pinata, which was a big hit, especially with the "big" kids. We wanted him to have one really fun thing too so we rented a bouncy house for him and his friends. He had a blast. On his actual birthday I took him to Chuck.E.Chees during the day and then we took him out for a casual dinner and then the weekend after his birthday the in-laws came out to do cake and ice cream. Since our family lives all over the place, he gets to celebrate a lot, lol.

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Brandon knows Harry Potter? Wow. I think Paulina barely knows that book. LOL! Sounds like a fun party, tho.

Cars 2 sounds great, too!

Eliza will be 4 next Monday and I did not want to do a party on a school day. Plus, she does not have a big group of friends and everyone is so busy with the end of school. So, she picked a restaurant to go to with one other family. They also have a boy her age and he is her best friend. We will go to ice cream afterward. Then, on the 18th, we are taking her to the zoo for the day, just us four, and on to my mil's afterward for a family part and spend the nite. So, it will be low key but fun.

I am into low key birthday parties this year. I got burned out on big parties after last year. Seven years of birthday party planning and I had had enough! LOL!

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Yup, he knows Harry Potter. He's obsessed with the commercials for the Harry Potter park and he's seen our pictures so he's really into it. We've let him watch parts of the first two movies and he gets to play the Lego Harry Potter game with Daddy. I figured he would want a super hero party but he's an odd one I guess.

We were all about low key this year too. It was nice to not have to do a huge party this year, it was really low-key and relaxing. The bouncy house was super easy we didn't have to do a thing, just meet the guys when they brought it and sign some forms. Last year we did Chuck.E.Cheese so there was no way I was doing that again this year, lol.

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We have having a dinosaur-themed party at home - just family, BBQ style. My SIL who watches her is making a 3D stegosaurus cake. Smile

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A 3D stegasaurus cake! You gotta post pics of that!

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We had Austin's party at a park, it was Hot Wheels themed (his choice)...we just picked up pizzas and had cupcakes. It was nice and low-key...we had a few friends and family there. The only downside was it was soooo cold that day - it was supposed to be in the 80s but turned out to be freaky cold and windy. We all had to wear jackets. It was fun, though.

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Yes, I want to see the dinosaur cake too! Smile

I can't believe our little babies are turning 4!! So crazy. Love hearing how everyone is celebrating!

This year Taylor actually chose the theme, which is ballerinas. She is really, really into ballet and dancing. She wants everyone to dance at her party, so I am actually looking for ballet music right now online. lol Thinking Nutrcracker.. Anyway, it's mainly family and a few friends. I have 3 nieces who are all around the same age and they're all going to be wearing tutus. We'll have ballerina cupcakes, pin the ballet slipper on the ballerina, and dancing. Taylor is very excited (and me too! Smile ).

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Jaquie, my girls love to dance to "ballet" music and what I do is just turn on itunes and stream the classical radio stations. I just flit around them from song to song. They love it. To them, that is "ballet" music. LOL!

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I love the ballerina party. You have to post pics of all the girls in tutus, how cute is that!

It seems like everyone is going more low-key. Its funny how we start off with huge parties before the LOs are old enough to really enjoy it.

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"capricornchrissy" wrote:

I love the ballerina party. You have to post pics of all the girls in tutus, how cute is that!

It seems like everyone is going more low-key. Its funny how we start off with huge parties before the LOs are old enough to really enjoy it.

My poor Eliza has never had a huge party! I got burned out of them from Paulina's parties. LOL! And hers were not THAT big but I just got tired of no RSVPs and then they would show up anyway, with extra people and I had to make sure everyone got a goody bag and the games were plentiful, etc. Annoying. I finally decided if I am not having fun, then why should I do it? So, this year, we are all about excursions for bdays and celebrating them with family. I might do this for a few years. Really, I never had big birthday parties as a kid anyway. And this cuts down on the amount of plastic crappy toys they have, too! The girls are fine with it. They like the outings. We took Paulina to the aquarium and Eliza is going to zoo. Those are 90 mins away so that is special. Dirol

But to each her own. I am certainly not saying that parties are bad.

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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 Biggrin 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 Smile That's about it, we're not into big huge celebrations here, maybe when she's a bit older.

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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! Smile

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!

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"I'm_a_pepper" wrote:

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! Smile

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.

Because he is your first and you've had losses so you want him to have a SUPER FUN BIRTHDAY PARTY!! At least, that is my reasoning why I did that with Paulina. It took so long to have her and I had so many miscarriages that I just wanted to celebrate her life big time! LOL!

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"elizamommy" wrote:

Jaquie, my girls love to dance to "ballet" music and what I do is just turn on itunes and stream the classical radio stations. I just flit around them from song to song. They love it. To them, that is "ballet" music. LOL!

Yea, I decided that I'll just use Pandora. Smile Or I could do sirius radio too since we have that. Thanks for the idea!

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Madi had a small Cinderella themed party at our house. Just family and close friends. The hit of the party was Just Dance Kids for the Wii. When the adults got involved everyone was laughing until they hurt! We had a Publix pull-apart cake and I made some blue punch (that was really good!).

On June 25th we're taking her to the Grand Floridian to eat dinner with Cinderella. They book up so fast and that was the closest to her birthday I could get.

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We're going the big party route this year. Hayden has never had a "friend" party, it's always been immediate family. We're renting a bouncy house with slide and a sno cone machine. Mickey Mouse decor. Cupcakes, watermelon, hot dogs, maybe pizza instead now that I saw it mentioned. I didn't even think of that. So far we have 10 kids RSVP, but about half are younger and won't be in the bounce house. My problem is I felt like i needed to invite everyone. I didnt want anyone to feel left out, so it will be chaotic. He is super-excited for all of his friends to come over. We're having it in 2 weeks and I don't have anything done except ordered the bounce house. So stressful!

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Esti- your party sounds s fun!
Christine- I would only pay for the kids tickets, offer for the parents to have 2 hours to themselves, or they can join you for the movie. You may have a few parents take you up on the offer of free time, and that could save you some money!
Beth- We were going to do hot dogs, but it rained and we had to move Brady's party inside (was going to be a pool party) we ordered pizza and had it delivered, so much easier!

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With the situation that we have been going through, we are going to have a bbq/swim party at my parents. It's kind of hard to celebrate, but I gotta do something for Kaeden. But we are going to Disney/Orlando in September, so that is his and mine birthday present.

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We don't do big parties either. Just cookouts with family. Maybe when she's a little older. She has friends at preschool but I don't know their parents or anything so it'd be hard to do that. And our close friends don't have kids so she doesn't hang out with kids outside of preschool except for occasionally seeing her 2 friends where she used to be at an in-home daycare. I feel bad about that but I am not a social butterfly at all and so I don't really go looking for people to hang with. :/

Anyway, Eva wants a horse cake for her birthday and since we really got to loving Tangled this spring, I think I am making her a Maximus cake (the horse from Tangled)...I want a 3D one but I don't feel brave enough to try that...so I will either draw him on a sheet cake, or have one made....

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