My birthday had arrived.
It required planning and effort- very little money- but it made me feel loved and very special. My parents could've blown it off, as my birthday is soon after Christmas, but they didn't. They were- and still are- extremely awesome parents.
(creating bath salts at home during a birthday party Inexpensive and really fun!)
My question is: Are birthday parties becoming extinct? Are they passé? In the days of Pinterest and blogs, which inspire us to create, are people just too busy/lazy to plan celebrations?
I hear, quite often, that parties are just too expensive. "We don't have the money."
(autograph books quickly put together for a party)
Now I'm not trying to judge here. At. all. My husband never had a birthday party growing up and he turned out better than fine. His sister did have parties, though. Hmmmm. My kindergarten crush never celebrated his birthday but he was a Jehovah Witness. At the time, I thought it was the saddest thing I'd ever heard.
(signing autographs in homemade books)
I've hosted all sorts of birthday parties for my girls. (Keep in mind that I'm an introvert by nature, so parties tend to stress me out.) Mystery parties, Chuck E. Cheese, make-over parties, scavenger hunts, movies, etc. Some events involved more money than others. Truth be told...
the cheapest parties were the most fun!
Making invitations, creating goodie bags, etc. are all part of the merry making. Watching giggly girls celebrating together is such a joy- even for a mom that would rather be taking pictures behind the scenes instead of running the show.
I do it out of love.
(Spa Day Party, which can easily be done at home)
Perhaps it's not cool to have a birthday party anymore, but I hope that's not the case.
Making your child feel special doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, it can be free- as well as fun- if you get creative and plan a little. Here's a few ideas:
1)Make your own cupcakes! (rainbow cake in a jar is wonderful- below)
2) Makeovers at home that lead to a photo shoot! (Create your own photo props- shown above- My 10 year old made most of them herself!)
3) Host a scavenger hunt! It costs nothing! (great ideas online)
4) Party at a park!- FREE! Everyone can come- even siblings! Bring cupcakes, if you like.
When I was 4 years old my parents took me to Farrell's, a popular ice cream parlor, for my birthday. They ordered some kind of ice cream monstrosity that required singing, noisemakers and all the attention was on ME. Remember how I told you I was an introvert?
As the story goes, I slowly slid all the way under the table. No amount of ice cream was worth the spotlight being on me. I guess you just have to recognize how your child would enjoy being celebrated. If parties aren't where it's at, maybe one-on-one time with a friend or a parent is the ticket.
Years later, they may not remember what you did but they'll remember how you made them feel.:)