Birthday parties, birthday parties and more birthday parties! Does it feel like your weekends are consumed with birthday parties? I sure do. It seems we get an invite from every kid in the class to attend their extravagant birthday bash. Don’t get me wrong, We are grateful for the invites and my girls get super excited for every party.
We also truly love going to the parties to help celebrate their big day. It’s just after going to these over-the-top parties we then feel the need to do the same.
A few months before my girls’ big day I start combing through Pinterest for the perfect birthday party ideas. After we nail down the theme, then we have to figure out where to have the party, what kind of food will we serve and the list goes on and on. You all know what I am talking about! After we get all of that figured out, it’s time to think about what gift to give the guests that are attending. Wait! Can we just pause here for a moment? I mean are we really giving “gifts” to their friends for attending their birthday party?
Momma’s, what are we doing? I say enough is enough! Did we give gifts to our friends for coming to our parties? I know I sure didn’t. And I have great memories of my own birthday parties! My birthday parties were almost always at my house with just cake, ice cream and friends. There were a few occasions where we did rent out the roller-rink or go bowling, but I remember we always had a blast!
My oldest of three girls just turned 8. We started down the same path of looking for the best ideas on Pinterest. Then I just looked at her, exhausted, and said what about just having a few friends from school come over for a slumber party? Her eyes lit up like Christmas morning. She immediately started her list of friends to invite.
Here’s why this was probably my favorite party we have had:
- It was by far my cheapest birthday party we have ever had.
- It didn’t really involve very much planning. We had minimal decorations.
- I didn’t have to pay for a venue. I guess this could be a blessing or a curse. Having the party at my house did involve me cleaning up. However, with minimal decorations and a few friends it wasn’t that bad. 🙂
- The girls seemed to have a blast. The night was filled with tons of giggles, secrets, nail painting and more giggles.
- My “B,” Brooklyn said, “momma this is my favorite party I’ve ever had.” This is what it was all about.
So mommas, I’m putting this challenge out there to you. Let’s stop the birthday party planning madness. I know we all feel the same. We are tired, exhausted and broke by time the party is over. Let’s go back to the basics of birthday parties. We don’t need to give gifts to others for coming over to celebrate your child’s day. They will have their day and get gifts just the same.
It’s time to take back the birthday party momma’s! Who’s with me?