Our Boys' Birthdays: Keeping It Simple
I remember my son’s first birthday party. I did Pinterest proud, with an adorable theme, ridiculously cute food, balloons, handmade goodie bags, color coordinated everything - the works. Although everyone had a great time (and I’m pretty sure my son did too even though he was too young to remember the day), I remember feeling utterly exhausted when it was all over. It felt like it took days until I recovered from all of the planning, prepping, and hosting.
The following year, my husband and I made a pact to keep our son’s and all our future children’s birthdays simple, and it was one of the best choices I made for this life season. With the demands of mothering little ones, being up all night and the like, I felt free not trying to come up with a “social media worthy” bash. Now don’t get me wrong, our boys had a wonderful time at their party and felt completely loved and celebrated - they didn’t miss all the hubbub, and I felt the same! My husband and I want them to focus on the people who support them throughout the year and are cheering them on as they reach a new age. We want them to reflect on how much they have grown and how much they have learned in the past year. We want them to share their dreams about what they’ll be accomplishing in the year ahead. In our opinion, that’s where the magic in a birthday lies.
Our boys are 2 years and 5 days apart, so we decided to combine their celebrations into one. We rented a pavilion at the boys’ favorite park. The kids ran and played on the playground and swam in the lake for the morning. I grabbed a few of Taylor and Duncan’s favorite snacks as well as some fresh fruit and veggies from the grocery. The main event was the cake - we did splurge on this item because Taylor had been dreaming about it for months. He requested a jellyfish and crab to be on his cake, as he is currently obsessed with these animals, so that is what he got. Then, after going home and having a nap, our family and friends who traveled to come to the party came over for a simple supper and conversation. The boys opened presents during this time, and then the wonderful day was over.
I write all of this to say that if you go big or if you go small for your kiddos’ birthday party, they will have a wonderful time and feel completely loved just the same. It is not about the decorations and venue and big gifts and themed foods, it’s about your little ones and the love your community has for them. Happy celebrating!