I can't help but feel a little turned off by the big trend surrounding children's birthday parties these days. All matched up in a theme, with kids dressed to coordinate with the decor for photos to put on mommy blogs & pinterest.
Some people really love doing this stuff, so I understand.
Personally, I love re-arranging my kids' rooms. It's like a hobby - making our home nicer is something I enjoy. So really, I understand.
That said, I have five kids, ranging 5 to 14. I did the math quickly & I've celebrated 36 birthdays & sometimes thrown multiple parties for each. (I counted Mason & Eric's birthday together, which it is.)
I've found for me it has worked best to focus more on the kid & less on prepping & how things will look in photographs.
Parties are for letting loose & having fun & wearing bold party hats & (gasp!) maybe not even matching.
Birthdays are a time to be silly!
|Beau's 5th birthday|
Maybe it's taken me 36 kids birthdays to be comfortable in saying all this.
When the twins turned four, I tried to do a structured party. That's what I remember most about it. Not having fun. Just trying to organize & direct, and none of it went as planned anyway. When it comes to kids' parties, I've learned. Or maybe I was just a failure at them. ;)
Some fond party memories that are fun to look back on:
Lilly's 6th birthday: Her first girl party with kindergarten friends. Sweet times to look back at.
Impromptu boating at Lilly's 7th birthday party. The smiles on this summer day were the best!
(Photo below & more of her recent 8th birthday party here.)