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.
Planning a party for a 14-year-old boy is a balancing act as you have to satisfy the part of him who is still immature and the part of him who wants freedom and is maturing. Your son has probably started high school recently, or soon will, which might make him feel more pressure to host a fun or cool birthday party.
One of the most frequent questions I see posted in moms groups on Facebook, asked at the park and a general topic of conversation is what to get a one-year old for their birthday. Is there some universal gift that all one-year olds will like?
Elby will be five on November 12th, which in case you werent aware is only a few weeks away and a week is seven days – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – thats a week!
Imagine celebrating your Sweet Sixteen at the age of 64? Or having to use a fake birthday for online forms because the computer won’t accept your actual day of birth? This is the reality for many people born on February 29 – a date that comes along only once every four years. Called “leapers” or “leaplings,” these are individuals who were born on the extra day in February that happens in a leap year.
As a busy mom, youre likely to attend several birthday parties a year – and not just those for your children. For example, theres the “best-friend-of-your-child” birthday invite. The “bring-the-sibling” birthday invite. The “all-inclusive-classroom” party invite. The “Im-inviting-your-kid-only-to-be-polite” invite.
Some children have allergies that prevent you from purchasing a birthday cake from the local bakery or making one from a box. If you have a child with allergies at your birthday party, it’s essential to have a cake that she can enjoy eating as well. Fortunately, there are several ways to bake a cake, no matter what type of allergy she may have.
Gone are the days of princess cakes and pirate ships. No longer can you just invite the whole class and whip together a set of games in the backyard. Your teenage daughter has a new set of demands, ranging from the perfect party to the best gift. Work with your teen to put together an unforgettable sweet 16 without losing your mind or half your bank account.
Preschoolers get so excited for birthday parties. Whether it is their own or a friend’s birthday, that big day spreads a special energy among a preschooler and his peers. During that exciting time, choose a reasonably healthy cake option that will provide your little one with some nutrients instead of just a truck full of sugar.