Birthday Parties….

12 06 2010

Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE to throw birthday parties.  Before my children can even sit up or sleep through the night I am planning their first birthday party.  Weeks after their birthday I am already thinking of next year. 🙂 I LOVE doing this….maybe I should check into that one day as a job….he he.

Well, after many years of having “Family and Friends” parties we decided to move onto Birthday party child friends and our family only parties.  Ummmmm you might be thinking….”What is she talking about?”  In the younger ages (1-3 or so) the child isn’t really “friends” with children yet.  But around the age of 4 they start to really have bonds with certain children.  So we are now only inviting our immediate family (grandparents and cousins) and the birthday child’s friends. 

This was hard at first.  Many of our friends have 3-5 children each and they are all close in age.  But we gave it a try last year anyway….and guess what?  EVeryone LOVED it!!!!  The parents of the multi age families were calling and thanking me!  They were saying how nice it was for their 2nd or 3rd born child to get to go to party without all the siblings.  They were saying how much it made their children feel special.

Now, I am not saying that this is the only way to go….but for us it is working!  Grace will be having her 5 year old birthday party next weekend and she is so excited to have 8 little girls coming over (and of course her brothers and cousins too).  We can actually invite several children because we are only inviting one from each family.  (If we had just invited 2 families we would have had almost 7 children had we included all the siblings).  So this is a nice way to do it and still keep it under 10 children.

Now, for the younger children we still invite the whole family.  The younger children need their parents at the party and we need them there to help too! 🙂 

I am excited to post pictures of her birthday party next week….let’s just say, there will be lots of pink, red and lime green.  Any guesses on what the theme is?

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3 responses

13 06 2010
Annie

For me the theme is Strawberry Shortcake.

Enjoy your day.

13 06 2010
Annie

We were actually just thinking about and discussing this.. about when to stop the ‘family’ parties where we invite whole families over to celebrate and move on to the just a few friends parties. And I think what we have decided is that up until age 6 or so, having big family parties is best for all involved – we enjoy the excuse to have lots of people over, and we need the parents because (selfishly) I don’t want to have to watch after and plan activities for a houseful of busy four year olds! So for Ethan’s number 4 coming up we are still doing the whole-family-party, but starting with Justus in the fall for number 7 he will be allowed to invite 2-3 friends over and we will have a planned purposeful party just for those 3-4 boys with activities, etc. That way the kids are ‘old enough’ to be there without their parents and it’s special for the birthday boy to have just his buddies over and not lots of people. I don’t know when we’ll start that with Ethan (5 or 6 or 7?) so we’ll see. But Justus is VERY excited about his party this fall and is planning all kinds of things for it! So I know Gracie is going to have fun! Can’t wait to see pics and hear all about it! 😀

14 06 2010
Jill V

Sounds awesome Becky!! Can’t wait to see pics of her party! Oh and I am with Annie. Strawberry Shortcake exploded in my head when you spouted off the colors. ahhh…memories. 😀

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