Since the twins’ first birthday (and their dad’s, yes they all have the same birthday) is coming up I thought I’d rerun this.
Birthdays for me have always been small affairs. Maybe a nice dinner with some family or friends.
A special treat to mark the day, and usually presents and cake. For Sawyer’s first birthday we had a BBQ at my parents’ house and invited the family and it was a lovely day.
This July Sawyer turns three. Not a big milestone for sure, but I am feeling a lot of pressure to do something “more”. On my baby boards people talk about putting together these grandiose parties, looking for new ideas to top the party last year. Then I received a birthday party invitation for a friend’s boy turning three in July and they are having a big Cars themed bash and I thought to myself, am I doing something wrong? I hadn’t even given his birthday a second thought (except to use it as an excuse for no new toys LOL).
There really is no limit to how far you can go for a birthday party. You can also invest either time or money so it doesn’t have to be expensive. At the same time, is all that necessary to make your child happy. I used to joke that we should just take a couple of pictures of Sawyer holding balloons and tell him that was from his first birthday party because he wouldn’t remember anyway!
Next year will be tough because it will be the girls’ first birthday and Jeff’s 30th birthday all on the same day! So we are gonna have to try and do something (although usually most people are partied out right after Christmas, or I know I am). If we do something though, it will be more for Jeff than the babies.
I am new at the whole kids party thing but my mom gave me a tip I like. She said you should invite no more kids than the age of the child. So if he or she is turning six, they can invite six friends. Makes good sense to me. Luckily, Sawyer doesn’t go to daycare so he doesn’t really have “friends” at this point.
I plan to talk to my parents and see what they say, but it’s tricky. I don’t want to spend a lot of money, but I don’t want him to be neglected because of the girls. Sawyer’s due date was actually on my birthday but he was born eleven days late (longest eleven days EVER) so we usually share a “party”. Not that I care, I am just older, it’s all about the kids.
So what’s your take on it? Do you throw big parties? What do you think is appropriate for a three year old?