Planning the perfect birthday0
Party planning – Share Your Ideas!
Birthdays are a big deal in our house. I love celebrating my daughters on their big day and surprising them. I have always had fun planning parties for my daughters because there are so many ways to be creative. I have also found that while one may love a surprise party, the other may dread it and while one may want to invite the whole class, the other may just want a special day with a friend. This has taught me to pause and make sure I am planning their perfect party and not my perfect party. This year is sweet sixteen and the planning is now being done by my daughters who have their own ideas of how they want to celebrate this milestone year.
Although I hear parents sometimes comment that it costs too much to have entertainment whether they come to your house or you go to their business, I have found that often this can be the more affordable route… the entertainment becomes the focus of the party and if you plan it just right (mid morning or late afternoon), you can keep the food really simple. If you do not hire entertainment, consider hiring a babysitter to assist with the activities and clean up so you can enjoy the day with your children and their friends.
I am the first to admit that there is a point when enough is enough and sometimes the simplest birthdays are the best and most memorable. My favorite parties have been the ones that involve someone else doing the entertaining which means we can actually relax and enjoy the party and our children. I have gone over the top a few times with my twins because I felt they needed it to be extra special since they had to share their party. We have done parties at parks, had entertainers, a petting zoo, jumpers, boat rides, magicians, limo rides, Disneyland, slumber parties and glamour girl parties. I have also learned that those first few years, the kids do not remember the parties so waiting until they are four or five can really simplify the early years. And if planning one birthday a year is not enough, what about the parents who are celebrating half birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs, and Quinceañera parties?
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