We’re three kids deep now and birthdays for all five of us in our family span from April to August. If you factor in Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and our wedding anniversary, you can barely come up for air from all the celebrating.
Yes, these are real problems.
Seriously though, it’s very easy to get wrapped up in the world of birthday party planning. The themes, decor, entertainment, and favors have my palms sweating just writing about it. I’ve fallen victim to Pinterest before, but this year I decided to try something different. For my sons’ birthdays this year the themes for their birthday’s were simply “birthday.” A boxed funfetti cake, ice cream, Costco pizza, and donuts were on the menu for my older son’s sleepover. There was no itinerary or scheduled activities outside of dinner and a noise cutoff so the little kids wouldn’t wake up. Decorations consisted of primary colored balloons and a little sign. My younger son got the same treatment with a box cake (which I started to enjoy making) and a family trip to Knock Knock Museum. Boom. Happy Birthday. The kids were excited and I wasn’t having an anxiety attack icing a fish-shaped cake while barking orders to a friend carving a watermelon shark. (Who can guess the theme?)
This is not a slight to the mom that meticulously plans themed parties. If you invite us to one, we’ll show up with a pretty good gift! I personally just needed to eliminate cost and stress.
We do have a baby girl that’s turning one in April. Maybe her birthday un-theme will also be “birthday.” I do know regardless of theme, funfetti cake will definitely make an appearance.