We have done only very simple family-only birthday parties for both of the boys. Granted, there are 7 cousins ages 5 and under, so there are still plenty of kids! The reason we have only done famiy is mostly because I want the party to be more about them and less about my (not-so-good) party-planning abilities. I look with admiration (and I’ll admit it…a little bit of envy) at both real-life and blog friends who create beautiful, intricately-planned birthday parties for their little ones.
And then I feel guilty. Why didn’t I do that for my child? I should have made it more special! I’m a terrible party-planner and hostess…why do all of those details stress me out?
And then I remind myself again…birthday parties are for the kids, not for the parents. The birthday boy/girl is probably just as happy to have a few people who love him/her and cake than outstanding decorations and TONS of people. Plus, if throwing a “huge” party is going to stress me out and make me cranky at my own kids for their birthday…that’s not really fair to them either. On the other hand, if parents like planning parties and it doesn’t stress them out…more power to them! That (unfortunately) just isn’t me.
I’m glad I reminded myself of this. Our “simple” birthday party got taken down to an even simpler notch. Big Brother’s family birthday was planned for Friday night. On Thursday, both Prince Charming and I had the stomach flu (my second time in 3 weeks). I planned to make a Veggie Tales cake (since I normally try to at least make the boy’s cakes) and I was going to make dinner for both our families. But I wasn’t feeling up to it. So we pushed back the party 30 minutes…I picked up a cake, some ice cream, and a few balloons from the grocery store and everyone came over for just cake, ice cream, and presents!
And guess what…Big Brother couldn’t have been any happier!!!