Tyler was initially raised as an only child. I've changed a lot since then, but even for her first birthday... I felt like I needed to invite every. single. person that loved her. We actually had a party at her uncle's house that included my father's side of family and her father's father's side of the family. (We both had divorced parents so gatherings were... difficult.) I also had a very small party at my mother's house and we also celebrated at her father's mother's house. Talk about a stressful mess!
As she got just a little bit older, we held a picnic and told everyone they could come or not! Still, we felt the need to invite everyone we knew. After all, that means more presents! And yet we'd complain about all the crap we'd have to load up to take home, too.
Tyler's 7th Birthday Party
I'm older and (I'd like to think) wiser now. Last year my girls had their birthday parties a day apart (they're actual birthdays are 2 days apart) at a local park. We invited family and a handful of friends to each. We had water and cupcakes. There was a playground for entertainment. It wound up being cold (darned September birthdays, you never can tell what to expect), but the parties were fine. Not stellar, but fine. Best of all? They were low stress!
Sasha's 2nd Birthday Party
Notice the simple, homemade cake?
September is coming up again and I'm starting to think about how to do their celebrations this year... I definitely plan to keep it simple again! How do you celebrate your kids' birthdays?
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