Need help on the Birthday planning

Marisa - posted on 10/02/2014 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son is everything. He is my first and only child. He so adorable to me that I can't say no to him. So his 3rd Birthday is coming up! what should I do? I want to have something very special for him. Even though he might not remember but as he gets older he will love to see what I have done for him and made him so happy just by watching family videos. He's two parties me and his Dad spent over $500 and were still in high school. Please help me. I want to do something different this time.

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Marisa - posted on 10/07/2014

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wow. how beautiful. I never been outside of California before. thanks so much on the advice thats adventerous for me and the moments for my son. i never been on a plane ethier. how much are plane tickets in general?

Guest - posted on 10/06/2014

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That's what I thought, I read it right the first time :)

Which park are you asking about being open in January? Great Wolf Lodge and Wilderness Lodge are open year round--they are indoors, so the winter months are a great time to visit. Just google them, they have them all over the US. They are kind of "all inclusive" hotels, you stay, eat, and play all in one place--Like a cruise but without the seasickness ;)

You could also take him to Lego Land Florida for the weekend. We went in January this year and the weather was beautiful. It was in the upper 60's low 70's all weekend. It is only about 45 minutes outside of Orlando, so flights in are very inexpensive--you would pay more to drive from most parts of the country! There is also the Kennedy Space Center about an hour a way if you want to rent a car.

Marisa - posted on 10/06/2014

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omg! that sounds so exciting? where is that located at? and does the park open in January?

Marisa - posted on 10/06/2014

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Thank you so much, this is the best comment I have really read so far. I didn't think of that. Next to a playground.. thanks for the tip!

Marisa - posted on 10/06/2014

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No together as a couple, me and his Dad spent $500 on both his parties. we never had a separate party. We lived together so far since our son has been born.

Guest - posted on 10/02/2014

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Oh, I guess I totally misread that....I thought you meant that you and his dad spent over $500 on his past 2 birthday parties.

Did you mean that you and the dad throw separate parties each year, and that you need to outdo his dad's party? If so, that's a little petty and more about your self esteem than the kid's happiness, so you need to reevaluate why you are doing the things you are doing.

Dove - posted on 10/02/2014

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He's 3.

Just a small party w/ family and a couple of his buddies. You can do it at a playground and don't even need to do anything or spend any extra money (other than on food and a few gifts) and he will love and appreciate the pictures and videos from that just as much (and probably even more) than if you wasted big bucks. Kids value time, fun, and attention over monetary value any day of the week... assuming they haven't been raised to believe that money equals love, of course.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/02/2014

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for crying out loud, the kid is 3, and dad has already spent $500 for his birthday, and you want to be bigger and better?

Quit making your kid's birthday a competition, and celebrate HIM, not how much you can GIVE him.

Guest - posted on 10/02/2014

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The other advantage to not having a big party is that you don't have to deal with tons of gifts!
I'm not a fan of gifts, people never seem to get my kid what he really wants. He's 9 now, so we do a totally kid centered trip or something like that every year. We do vacations and stuff outside of birthday too, but for the birthday trip, it's usually something he would love and we would really never choose to do. Like Great Wolf Lodge.....except we (the adults) actually ended up loving that place as much as he did. EASIEST VACATION EVER.

Guest - posted on 10/02/2014

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$500 is a good budget for a birthday party, but keep in mind watching those old home movies of things you did for him is not going to be nearly as gratifying for him as you are imagining.

3 is a fun age because they are starting to create long term memories--he might actually remember what you do for him this year!--so make it for HIM and not YOU. I know, that sounds harsh, but it's a trap a lot of parents fall into--myself included. We throw these big parties for our friends and family, and the kid just follows through the shuffle.

Instead of a big party, why not take him on a family trip--he would LOVE Great Wolf Lodge or Wilderness Lodge (Those indoor water park resorts, they have them all over the country) and you can easily do a weekend for about $500 including food and gifts.
If he is into trucks and such, maybe find a monster truck show and build a trip around that--a lot of times you can book a private ride before or after the show for just a couple hundred dollars. We did this for our son's 4th birthday and it was a blast. The show was here in town, so we saved $$ on the hotel. I don't even like trucks, but even I had fun.
If he is into firetrucks, consider a party at the fire station--this can be very inexpensive!! So you can have more $$ for a great gift, or drop an extra few hundred in his college account this year and still have a great party. The kids can climb on the trucks and the firemen will put on a safety show for them--educational too. The only catch is that if they get a call for a fire, they MUST go, so your party might get cut short or rescheduled, but even if they have to leave during the party, it's totally exciting for the kids.

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