The Theme is “Birthday”


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.

Camille has always had ties to Baton Rouge even though she didn’t live here until she finished college. Both of her parents grew up in the Red Stick but she was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating from the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!) with a BA in Communication Studies, she moved to Baton Rouge and welcomed her adorable son Caleb (7) less than a year later. She navigated life being a divorced mom until 2015 when she married her incredibly supportive husband Chris in San Francisco. They welcomed baby Christian in the summer of 2017. Truly a “Jane of all Trades”, she has worked in non-profit, local news, retail management, and owned a successful childcare facility. All roads led her to be an elementary school teacher which she believes is her calling. Camille enjoys “family fun days” where they explore BR, CrossFit, baking, and drinking all the coffee. She lives with her family in Ascension Parish with their chubby puggle Chloe.


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