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Ethosmom - posted on 01/11/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi Everyone, \n\nI wanted to say Happy New Year to you all, and thank you for joining March 2002. \n\nI for one can\'t believe how fast the time has gone since my son was born on the 17th. Already in first grade, and loosing teeth... I know we all have some cute, funny, embarrassing stories to share from the last 7 years. What are some of yours?\n\nSince birthday\'s are right around the corner, I was wondering what you were doing for your child\'s birthday. I haven\'t quite decided yet... I\'ve been throwing him birthday parties since he turned 1, and last years birthday exhausted me. So, I\'m going to start doing what my parents did for me. Throw parties at milestone years.... 10, 16, 18..etc...\n\nWhat are some things you\'ve done in the past for parties? \n\nAlso, feel free to post ideas you\'d like to share, and any questions you might have... We\'d love to hear from you.\n\n I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season...\n~ Tiffany

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Deni - posted on 02/28/2009

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Hi Tiffany! I know exactly how you feel about the exhaustion from birtha=day parties. We have had a party for each of my kids every year so far, but this time I am making a change. Instead of a big party at home we are going to let Alex take cupcakes to school on her actual birthday and then on Saturday the whole family will go to an inside water park in celebration of her birthday. We'll all have fun, I don't have to prepare anything and there will be no clean up to speak of... Sounds like a winning situation to me:) Try it. It might work for you too. Good luck and happy birthday to your little one!

Terry - posted on 02/25/2009

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We usually just have a family birthday party for the kids. My daughter is 14 so she doesn't want us around (lol).. Colby always asks for a big party starting in December but we usually end up taking him bowling with Grandma and Grandpa and maybe his cousins if they are able to come.  He loves every minute of it and talks about it forever.  I also make a homemade birthday cake, nothing like your feat Jain, but they do taste good.



So, it's off to the bowling alley on the 8th, only 11days away as someone reminded me!

Jain - posted on 02/11/2009

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Hi Tiffany. Dont remind me how fast this time has gone. Oliver was born on the 8th so not long at all now til his birthday. i too have put my foot down and said his next party will be when he is 10, it is getting too expensive if nothing else. we are taking him and one friend to the cinema instead and then just an open house on his actual birthday. a lot of his friends at school are born on the same weekend so the mums and i all have to work the parties etc out carefully as for their 5th birthday's they all clashed. Oliver had his party in the afternoon and then 2 hours later all the kids from olivers party or at least from olivers school as he had a joint party with another older friend went to another party.



anyhow, Olivers first birthday he fell asleep having his tea so slept through his chicken nuggets party. but he had his christening the day after so he ha a massive party then. his 2nd birthday we had a family tea and took him on a steam train. his 3rd birthday we went to a childrens soft play centre with a friend. then his 4th birthday i was 13 days away from having my daughter, but i still threw a house party for 9 children. his 5th birthday there were over 60 children in a hall with a bouncy castle for a priates and princesses party, with another little boy. then last year we did a pizza hut, high school musical party where i literally turned up at pizza hut cleared the table laid out all party stuff and gave them a cake and asked them to bring it out after we had finished they were very good, then it was a trip to ur local museum to check out the dinosaurs. and this year as i have said is a cinema trip.



I make all of my childrens birthday cakes as well and last year i was very impressed when i pulled off a high school musical basketball court complete with tiger and corbin aka chad. this year he has decided it will be star wars, so unless i can pull off an r2d2 or a c3po it looks like it will be shop bought. i much prefered the idea of the football themed cake he originally asked for. i know i can definitely do that lol.



anyhow i would love to hear what everyone else has got planned for this year.



take care all and happy birthday to your sons and daughters for the month of March.



xx

Michelle - posted on 01/12/2009

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I can't believe it either! My son will be 7 on the 16th of March! I am pretty sure we are doing a Clone War Party - Noah is the biggest "little" Star Wars fan there is! :) The parties are a lot of work - but I love it! We waited a long time for Noah - so I gotta make it big every year - can't seem to help myself! :)

Heather - posted on 01/12/2009

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Hi All,



I can't believe how fast things are going either. My oldest, a boy, is turning 8 in 6 days. We decided when I was pregnant with our 4th baby that we would do friend parties every other year. So when my son turns 8 he gets to do what he wants and invite who he wants. We will be gowing bowling with 26 kids! Then my daughter who turns 7 on the 12th of March won't have a friend party since she had one last year. So I am going to take her to a pottery place here where the kids can choose their piece that they want to paint and decorate it how they want.



We don't really have a lot of options for winter birthdays here, so if we don't have the kids over to play at our house, we go swimming or to a restaurant like Space Aliens. My two summer kids have more options.



Good luck with the planning.

Juanita - posted on 01/11/2009

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Hi there



 



It is amazing how 7 years of your life has just gone by so quickly.  It feels like yesterday that I held my little boy in my arms in the hospital when he was born.



 



I agree with you that Birthday parties are exhausting.  Every year I say that this is the last one, since I have three children, this becomes quite costly and nerve wrecking.  But then I think to myself; you are only a child for so many years, then you're grown up.  This is what our kids live for; their Birthdays and Christmas.  Once they are teenagers it really doesn't matter anymore, because then they feel we will embarris them with a party.



Giving your child a Birthday party is part of the package, the labour of love.  We are supposed to give it all why they are young.  You might not feel the reward at that point, after the cleanup and cake smears on the walls.  Your child will remember though, and will one day do the same for their children.  Its the small things in live that I can remember what my mom did for me as a child.



 



So start planning, 7 is the next big milestone.



 

Sandra - posted on 01/11/2009

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Quoting Tiffany:

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Hi Everyone, \n\nI wanted to say Happy New Year to you all, and thank you for joining March 2002. \n\nI for one can\'t believe how fast the time has gone since my son was born on the 17th. Already in first grade, and loosing teeth... I know we all have some cute, funny, embarrassing stories to share from the last 7 years. What are some of yours?\n\nSince birthday\'s are right around the corner, I was wondering what you were doing for your child\'s birthday. I haven\'t quite decided yet... I\'ve been throwing him birthday parties since he turned 1, and last years birthday exhausted me. So, I\'m going to start doing what my parents did for me. Throw parties at milestone years.... 10, 16, 18..etc...\n\nWhat are some things you\'ve done in the past for parties? \n\nAlso, feel free to post ideas you\'d like to share, and any questions you might have... We\'d love to hear from you.\n\n I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season...\n~ Tiffany



My little girl will be seven on the 28th of March and what we usually is have her pick a few friends from school and cousins to come and I have a theme party.  Last year it was dress up as your favorite animal.  Two years ago, I went to a thrift shop and got princess dresses, we had a princess tea party for four of her friends and her.  It was so much fun!!!   this year I think she wants a more grown up party which is making me sad....:-(



 



Sandra

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