Some people will go to great lengths — and expense — when it comes to throwing their child’s birthday party. Some people will rent out an activity center, some people will rent games and such to be held at their home, some people will hire entertainers.
I am not one of those people.
My kids all have birthdays near holidays. My eldest is December 29th (Christmas break), my middle is August 25th (summer break), and my youngest is at Thanksgiving. Trying to have friends over for a party is almost impossible, so we don’t. Well, we do, but we do it a few weeks later. On their actual birthday, we have extended family over for dinner and cake and the blowing out of the candles.
For their “friend party”, we always hold it at our house. We live on three acres out in the country and the kids play inside or outside or both. In January, my eldest’s friends will sled down the hill behind our house and then come in for cake and hot chocolate. In September, my middle will have all of is friends over to run around in our yard. We have swings, a trampoline, a tree fort, a basketball hoop, and so much more. For my youngest, we do the same, but the girls eventually gravitate to the dress up bin and toy are and just play.
My middle has asked that his “friend party” be at a laser tag place, and we agreed, but he gets to pick three friends. It’s not cheap, and we can’t afford to pay for twenty kids. He knows this, and would rather have his three best friends play laser tag than have twenty kids over here to run around.
I have some friends who stress out so much about all of the tiny details of a themed party and I simply can’t do it. It’s not one of my strengths, so why torture myself? I put out snacks, water, and juice. I hang up one bag for garbage and one bag for recycling and fire items in there as needed. We sing Happy Birthday, we eat cake (or cupcakes), and we open presents. The kids each get a goody bag and then we’re done.
What do you do for birthday parties? Do you go all out, or do you keep it simple? Or maybe somewhere in between?