5.18.2010

Party question...

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EZ E turns three in two weeks and I can't believe it. It seems like yesterday that we were celebrating his first birthday. Here's my question for you: do you celebrate every year with a party or just throw parties for "milestone" birthdays?

9 comments:

Cerulean Gypsy said...

In my house birthdays are a reason to celebrate. We have chosen to make each and every birthday a holiday honoring your birth. Christmas and Easter take a back set to our birthday rituals. We always start your day with alphabet pancakes. Each person get 2 colored (food coloring) pancakes in the shape of their initials. colored milk and the birthday person get at least one morning present. The birthday person always get to go out for lunch even the school kids. Dinner is your choice - cook your favorite at home or go out? Usually it's stay home. As a family we usually make the birthday cake the day before so it's ready for you on your day. It also enhances the anticipation of the upcoming party. We encourage handmade gifts as well as special surprises tucked into briefcases, under pillows and even in your work desk. We get creative and do silly things to make your day special.
Silly I know but the special people in our lives should have their own holiday, don't you think!

laurie in georgia said...

My son just turned 3, too, and we've never thrown a big party...maybe next year. We don't have any family in town and have lived in our current city just a short time, so like your previous commenter, we make a big deal out of birthdays within our little family. The birthday kid (or grownup) is a celebrity for a day and gets whatever he/she wants. It's always silly things like getting to wear a Halloween costume all day long or something. One of our traditions is to sneak into my son's bedroom the night before his birthday and fill it to the brim with balloons--helium ones tied to his bed and regular ones all over the floor. It's quite magical! He loves it, and it provides hours of entertainment. And, of course, every meal gets a candle in it. Another fun idea a friend of mine had for her son's 3rd birthday was to invite just a few kids over with their tricycles and had a birthday parade down their street with balloons and homemade flags waving. The kids loved it! I'm sure whatever you plan to do however simple or complicated will be memorable and fun for your little guy. Best, Laurie

Jen Craun said...

we very much over do our parties. and celebrations. they are our main "gift" to our children for their birthday's...and generally become a"season" of celebrating...the preparations/decorations in the house MUST be entirely handmade, and usually start "installing" the week of the birthday...and remain about a week following. Having winter babes, also makes for some bright spots int he long cold gray...

My son's, turning 3 party, was train -- tailored after Polar Express, but we don't do commercial themes or characters:

http://teamcraunchatter.blogspot.com/2009/12/on-turning-three-and-crazy-cardboard.html

We recently did a Rainbow Art party for my 5 yr old gal:

http://teamcraunchatter.blogspot.com/2010/02/rainbow-party-preview-in-pictures.html

and

http://teamcraunchatter.blogspot.com/2010/02/rainbow-art-party-play-by-play.html

I look forward to seeing what you decide!

sophia said...

whatever you're up for that year is what i say. big or small, each birthday will be special as long as the celebrations are thoughtful, authentic, and from the heart with love.

Amiable Peculiarities said...

Every year, definitely!

joolee said...

my husband's family (5 boys!) had "friend" parties every other year...that way, my mother-in-law wasn't horribly stressed each year planning for 5 boys' parties! they were all born from jan-march though, which didn't really help. :) we might do this with our kids - we'll see. i didn't do a big friend party for my daughter until she was four, which was just fine! my son will be three next month and we'll prob. just do a family party with his favorite cousins. i know it's about keeping your child happy and celebrating his/her day, but really, the parent does all the work! i'd say if you'd like to do a party every year, keep it simple! (like an hour long with simple refreshments and a game or two) just some ideas.

Terri said...

We had big parties for the 1st birthdays and then smaller all others after... usually just us and the grandparents. This year I planned small for my daughter's 3rd birthday, but it evolved into a bigger party as we got closer to the day. Our plans are usually simple but special, so it was easy to be flexible. Cake or cupcakes are a must and I decorate around a simple theme, plus dinner us always a favorite food.

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

Thanks so much, everyone! I'm going with a small grandparents-only party for three years. I'll be sure to share photos! xo, Abbey

Catherine said...

Every family is different. I'm the third of four children. In our family, our mom would bake a cake, and we would go out to dinner wherever the birthday child chose. Then we'd open presents afterward. Sometimes our grandparents came too.

We each got ONE big party when we chose to, (mine was on my 8th birthday), and every now and then we were allowed to have a big party for our birthday if we earned it (e.g. like with good grades).

It worked out fine for us, my parents didn't have to stress out about it, and it was certainly budget friendly! Plus, when we DID get parties, they were REALLY special. I still remember my 8th birthday party very fondly!

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