It’s October and I’m already starting to get ideas/plans for Kinsey’s January birthday. Call me crazy, but if I start now it doesn’t get lost in the holiday shuffle. That said, looking on Pinterest and seeing “friends” parties on facebook of One year old and Two year old birthday parties is ridiculous. It is point blank and simple. RIDICULOUS! Birthday parties have become the equivalent of mini weddings. “Spare no expense!” “They’ve gotta have the best!”Lemme back up and say when I was little I had some pretty kick ass parties! My mom put a lot of effort and love into my makeover/princess party, my cowgirl corral party (including a chuck wagon food bar and a jail photo booth before photo booths were cool, circa 1995) and a psychedelic flower power 13th birthday! And that’s just a few. I have every intention to use my creative powers for good and throwing some pretty amazing bashes!
The biggest difference is, I remember these parties. I have every intention to use my creative powers for good and throwing some awesome parties for my kids too! I know they are going to get more extravagant with age.
By biggest gripe or shock to the system is these crazy, extravagant, over the top 1, 2, and 3 year old birthday parties. These kids won’t remember them. They realistically won’t. These parties are for the parents. And how each one can out do the last.
As I planned Kinsey’s party last year, I had to keep my party fantasies in check. My husband helped me by reminding me that for her at One it was just another day. And as I start the ideas this year, I have to remember the same thing. We kept it pretty simple last year, it was family only( our fam is big at 22 people!). And I made a few banners and blew up a few balloons and let that be. None of the decorations cost over $30 + the cost of food.
Why do we have to “keep up with the joneses” when it comes to parties?
I don’t wanna outdo myself and ideas for times she won’t even remember. I want her to have her best parties ahead of her that she’ll have wonderful memories of! She can have a fun party with out breaking the bank and feeling like an extravagant production.
KISS-keep it simple, sweetheart!