2. A mother’s day to spend excessive amounts of time, money and maybe a tear or two shed all in the effort of exceeding any expectations of the child’s celebration when in reality they really just want a cake and presents.
Yes, I’m fairly certain there are no awards (that I know of ) given for throwing an over the top child’s birthday party. But somehow as parents we feel the need to do everything but have fireworks, ponies and hire Justin Bieber himself to sing “Happy Birthday” just to make the birthday boy/girl enjoy THEIR special day.
Birthdays have become the new “event” for children. Some of the “Sweet 16” parties on the popular MTV show even make weddings look like just a cook out.
Yes, as parents some of us (me included) have turned a simple celebration into a new form of competition but it doesn’t have to be that way. As a seasoned party planner I have a few tips for planning your child’s birthday party without losing your mind (and budget).
I always suggest sticking with a theme. More than likely your child has something in mind; a favorite cartoon, movie or place. Utilizing the themed toys you already have to decorate and use at the party will not only save you money but is also a guaranteed hit with the birthday boy/girl. If your child is into cars or princess, use what you have to decorate the table, front door or have them out for the guest to enjoy.
While sticking with the theme think about not only having great food and drink but make the party interactive as well. There are many games you can incorporate a theme to. Throwing a cars birthday party? Have the guest make their own race hats and stage a race or obstacle course with prizes (party favors) for each of the participants. You’ve knocked out a craft, activity and favors all in one!
Birthdays are to be a special day of celebrating the person you love and doing things for them just because you care. My husband (though I’m sure he doesn’t share this with the guys while playing a manly game of golf ) still looks back and remembers how special his mother always made his birthday. Even after many years (sorry honey) it’s not the cake and decorations that he remembers but the effort she made to make his day special. With that being said, it doesn’t take a large budget, tons of gifts or anything else material to make a birthday party special. It just takes tailoring the day around what brings a smile to the birthday boy/girl’s face. Now THAT will always make for a successful birthday party.
I’ve got lots of great party ideas for you to use. You can find me at “SWANKY SOIREES” on Facebook or Marissa Smith Brown (http://pinterest.com/rissa331/) on Pinterest.
Remember, enjoy your celebration and remember what you’re celebrating. Happy Birthday friends!
About the Author, Marissa Brown: As a loving wife and mother of two toddlers 14 mos. apart, it takes creativity, an abundance of patience and a whole lot of Jesus to guide everyday into a loving and learning experience.