Birthday Parties


Let me begin by saying I love birthdays. I love my birthday. I love celebrating other people’s birthdays. I love finding someone the perfect birthday gift (and let’s be honest, receiving one too). What I don’t like are birthday parties.

I’m terrible at throwing birthday parties…and I partially blame Pinterest. I just cannot put together the themed masterpieces that I see there (and on Facebook). I’m not particularly creative or crafty, nor do I have large birthday party budgets to pay someone to do it, so I always shutter at the thought of trying to put something together. That being said, I also don’t like just going to the party store and buying up all the Toy Story supplies they have to offer. I think all that really matters is having friends and family together to celebrate…and of course there must be some type of cake. I think birthdays should just be special days when the celebrant gets to do and eat whatever he or she wants. It doesn’t matter if there are perfectly crafted Buzz Lightyear cupcakes or super creative goody bags, right?

Not sure I could pull this off

Also, we get tons of invitations to kids parties at daycare. How many are you supposed to go to? Do you say yes to all of them or just pick and choose those of close friends or better locations? There are many places that Max just doesn’t do well at (trampoline or inflatable jumper places) so I usually say no to those, but sometimes I say no just because I don’t know the parents and am terrible at small talk. That’s certainly not the right parenting choice, is it? Am I denying my child (or me) the opportunity to make friends because I’m shy?

And lastly, Ben turned three this weekend, but I didn’t have time to bake anything to send into daycare for snack.  I feel badly about that. Hopefully I can make up for it with some kick butt “Lion King dad and Simba but also Toy Story chocolate cupcakes” that were specifically requested for this weekend’s festivities.

3 comments on “Birthday Parties”

  1. I myself love birthdays. Would it be my own or someone else’s, and I love seeing all the presents the person gets.

    I love throwing/planning parties. I don’t go all fancy because I am no Martha Stuart and am always on a budget. I can’t bake for my life either. That is where family and Stop & Shop come in. I call my mom to help me with menu ideas; while my sister caters and bakes a cake for me (I also sometimes do have outside catering like Vazzy’s). I also love Stop & Shop and their cupcake cakes. Last September I had a jungle theme party at my house. I rented a bounce house that had animal pictures on it and for the cupcake cake I had Stop & Shop decorate it in the Dora and Diego theme without the characters. My sister also backed a monkey cake for me. I had two cakes, one for my daughter and one for my son. Since their birthdays are two days a part I celebrate them together and try to pick a unisex theme or encompass both girly and boyish décor. I also make my own invitations.

    For last year’s Jungle theme birthday my invitation read as the following:

    “Calling All Monkeys to come and play!!! Let’s hang out and celebrate. It is Lana’s and Caleb’s special day.”

    The year before that, Lana wanted to have a princess party for her 5th birthday, but my son was turning one so I made the theme both Princess and a Prince with the birthday invitation sounding like this:

    “Calling all Knights and Fair Maidens too!
    Our Princess and Prince summon you, to an
    Afternoon of make believe land of play.
    Everyone will be happy for the stay.”

  2. ahhh the pressure of kid parties! i swear, half the time the parties are all about the parents’ crafting skills and home-made everything, and not about the kids. Do you really think a 3 year old is going to notice that hand-made paper cupcake pick that you placed in the cupcake? i bet he’s eying the frosting instead!

    For Jake’s first birthday my husband and i threw a big party with our family and friends. Sheet pizzas, salads, chips, beer, wine, and fun flavors of Avery’s soda & juice boxes for the kids. The hit of the party was definitely the chocolate mousse cake i ordered from Mozzicatto’s. I did bake batches of chocolate chip cookies for party favors (the theme was Cookie Monster), but we had fun and simple decorations- lots of mylar balloons, cookie monster plates and napkins, and it was just lots of fun. It’s a lot easier ordering food so that you don’t have to stress about it in advance, and you can enjoy your family and friends the day of the party!

  3. I couldn’t agree with this post more. My son is only 8 months, and I’m already dreading all the birthday party pressure. I love the picture of your son at the end…go Red Sox!

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