When I married my techno-genius hubby, he had NEVER had a kid birthday party - you know, the theme variety with a house full of kids, a character birthday cake, loads of decorations, a pinata, and goodie bags. GASP! He was so deprived.
|An elaborate Tea Party for Trinity's 5th Birthday|
Graciously, he allowed me to continue the tradition my parents had begun with me. We had birthday parties for our kids.
At first, these were E-L-A-B-O-R-A-T-E!!! Over-the-top could easily be used to describe some of our events. I enjoyed doing this. I had talent for it. Why not?
|Trinity's "princess" cake|
Many other themed parties followed in the years to come based on the children's interests: Baby's 1st birthday, Bob the Builder, Bears, Thomas the Train, Princess (many, many princess parties - since we have 4 girls), Tea Party's, A Carnival - quite literally in our front yard, Bugs, a Luau (oh, wait, that one is still waiting to happen), Pool Party, more Star Wars..... the list goes on.
|A treasure chest carnival cake|
Not saying we don't and won't do parties anymore, but more often than not, we are likely to do a smaller affair - making the focus be on things the birthday child chooses. Dinner, special activities, a week long celebration, presents with family, and usually a restaurant of choice culminating the week.
|For some reason,|
Selah wanted a pig
|Bethany had a phase of |
Ah cakes: This custom has morphed the most over the years. Admittedly a difficult change for this mom's heart. It used to be the kids chose a "theme" cake that mommy took time and pride in decorating. Now, they choose a style cake instead. We've had coffee cake, pies, ice cream cake. Rarely does mom get a chance to let her talents shine in the cake decorating realm these days.
|I wasn't sure this even constituted a|
"cake", but it's what he wanted
|Sharing a birthday and cake.|
A store bought one. Gasp
|Having the same birthday means|
you wear crazy hats together!
Alas, since the focus is on what the child wants - I have conceded that it's ok. By making the cake they choose, along with their meal, the funny party hats, a movie or game of their choosing, ending in 'spankin's' from daddy we are building traditions - memories - they'll take with them forever.
|Funny hats and cake|
|Even daddy gets in on the hats|
I'd love to hear what traditions you share for birthdays. What makes the day or week or even month special for you and your family? Maybe we could add new ideas to our arsenal.