Growing up, our birthday parties were a cake and ice cream with mom and dad. There were no themes, no hoopla, and no extended family who came. When we got older, sometimes a couple of friends would come over.
Since having kids, I have went big. We have done the kids' parties at our home on the same day. They both get their own theme and cake and our entire family comes.
Every year, it stresses me out.
I usually make both cakes, decorate, make food, try to have a game or entertainment and possibly a favor.
It's a lot of work and I know the kids have always loved it.
I work so hard to pick a day and time that works for just about everyone on both sides of our families.
I have worked really hard during my kids lives to ensure that they are close and stay close to family.
I didn't have that growing up and I really want that for them.
Tim and I have decided recently that we are evolving how we do the parties. He is tired of me stressing out about getting everything perfect and hoping that everyone can come.
And I agree with him. For me to be able to let go of the perfectionism, we are going to have smaller parties. And we will probably have them at different locations other than the house.
The kids are getting older and basically all they want to do is go to Chuck E Cheese or the park or bowling.
Next year, we will let them invite a few friends and go do something fun. All of our family is still invited to be there, but hopefully I will not be so stressed out about everything! I just want the day to be fun and celebratory!
How do you do kid's birthday parties in your family?