First birthday parties are great, but let’s be honest–that little guest of honor is not going to remember the day. It may not make the most sense to invest in a party for someone who will most likely not be able to stay awake for the whole event. If a first birthday doesn’t make sense for your family, choose an alternative way to celebrate.
Ease the pain of turning 50 by throwing a loved one a surprise party. While planning a surprise birthday party is a great deal of fun, making sure it remains a surprise for the birthday person can be a bit tricky. Keep the birthday person in the dark by doing the party planning away from home and by not leaving any evidence laying about.
Turning 35 can be a blessing for some and a curse for others. Some people are glad that they have not yet hit 40, while others realize they are halfway through their 30s. No matter what a person’s thoughts are about turning 35, make her birthday a little happier by throwing a party.
A 30th birthday is not always the happiest day in a person’s life. Some sink happily into the next decade of their lives, while others go in fighting. Bring some laughter and lightness to the party of your soon-to-be 30-year-old loved one. Plan some games that will get everyone giggling and bring a certain levity to the whole affair.
Most boys who are turning 9 have firm ideas of acceptable and enjoyable party themes, activities, locations and guests. They may only want their birthday at the party place their friends like, or have a specific cartoon or superhero they want represented in the decorations. Work with your son to plan a party that accommodates his interests but also falls under your approval.
Planning your twins’ first birthday party isn’t much different than any other first birthday party, except there are two babies to celebrate. Two 1-year-olds are a bit more demanding, as each child has her own personality and preferences, so find something in the middle to keep them both happy. Keep things simple for yourself so that you can enjoy this milestone event with each child.
March is birthday month in my life. March brings birthdays for both me and Mabel’s Labels. I also have a daughter with a birthday this month. I recently had a parent ask if I had any birthday party activity suggestions. Just thinking about the question exhausted me. In my 15 years of parenthood, I have…
Plan a special party for your sons 13th birthday to emphasize the new stage of life hes entering–becoming a teenager. Include some of his favorite childhood delights, as long as they wont embarrass him, and add a new grown-up twist. Give your son and his friends a little more freedom and privacy than what you might have done for past birthday parties, if possible.
Re-gifting used to be taboo. It was the sort of thing you would never do, or at least never admit to doing. But due to the great recession we have become increasingly more time crunched and more thoughtful about over-spending. It only makes sense that with these changes in our lives, we have also seen a change in our philosophy toward re-gifting. The stigma has lessened and the act of re-gifting has become more commonplace and necessary.
Lately, weve been on the birthday circuit. Today was a 2-year-olds Thomas-the-Train celebration, tomorrow is a 3-year-old pony riding extravaganza, and next weekend 6-year-old twins are celebrating with a gymnastics party. I love birthday parties. When Ava gets invited, it reassures me that she is popular and I can look forward to eating the piece of cake she decapitates by furiously licking away the frosting. Everyone wins. With all these parties on our calendar, I have to take a list with me to Target just to remind me of the presents I need to buy that month. But a $15 Barbie is a small price to pay for popularity and it beats the cost of child therapy, which I imagine is the sad lot of the uninvited.