Abbs - posted on 07/30/2010
What we did for our daughter's birthday last year was she turned 2 on a weekday so when my husband and I got home from work, we had my parents and my sister over the house, I made dinner and we gave her a mini cake. Then we celebrated it again that Sat, and we went out to a kid friendly restaurant. Its very understandable with conflicting schedules, but yes, I agree with showing them that they are of course priority, whether it is celebrating with cake and ice cream the day of. For our daughter's 3rd bday this year, I told my boss its my daughter's bday (it falls on a Fri) and even though her dr appt is in the morning, I'm taking it off. Then that afternoon, when my husband gets off work, we're going to take her to an indoor ice skating rink nearby along with my parents and my sister and just let her enjoy and experience it. Then the next day, we're going to take her to a children's museum in downtown Seattle, along with a couple of our friends up here in WA with their kids. Then in mid-Sept, we're going back to Souther Cali for 2 weeks vacation and that will be her big bday present, taking her back to Disneyland, Sea World, and we're going to let her celebrate a little late with my in-laws, her cousins and some other close friends with their kids, since my in-laws don't really get to see her often.
Carol - posted on 07/30/2010
Have you maybe tried scheduling it the weekend before his actual birthday? Or just have a dinner at home w/ a few friends and family. Maybe get a close friend or family member to get a few decorations and ask them to help set up. Can still do pizza, ice cream and cake:)
Goldie - posted on 07/28/2010
Make the day special with lots of hugs and happy birthdays - love the balloon idea!!! - and then plan another special day for the actual party. Just be sure to talk to your child beforehand and include them in the planning process. They will have fun with it and your schedule will be lightened! Try to keep it as close to the actual date as possible as things always come up and you do not want the party date to get bumped!
Pam - posted on 07/28/2010
When it falls on a working day, I ensure I have loads of balloons blown up ready for the morning when he/she wakes, birthday banners hanging everywhere and we wake up about half an hour earlier on the day, all jump onto mom's bed and open gifts. We do something nice for breakfast and all sing Happy Birthday. Dinner time is a treat (ie: their choice or take-away). Parties follow at the weekend when time is on your side. And before I forget, my mom always used to put Stevie Wonder's "Happy Birthday to you" song on the record player when we woke up, and it made me feel extra special because the words are lovely! Hope this helps? Pam
Amy - posted on 07/28/2010
I'd say have a cake and sing happy birthday on the actual birthday if you can, then before or after the birthday just try to find a day when you can have the actual party. Depending on how old your kids are, do something nice for them on there birthday to make them feel special. One thing my parents did was put up window stickies on the mirror in the bathroom or leave a birthday card or something like that. So when I woke up we'd see the birthday wishes.
Becky - posted on 07/28/2010
This happens all the time with my Daughter. During the week to celebrate the actual day, she get's to choose what's for dinner and we'll maybe have a special dessert, nothing fancy. Just taking a little time to show her she is remembered and loved. We reserve the party for weekends. Her's can conflict with other family B-days, has with weddings, bridal, baby showers etc . . . that can't be avoided, but you have to make the choice, try your best to plan around things that are important to you & the family. Sierra's party was 3 weeks after her b-day and that was ok with her (we were in the process of moving). And keep in mind that sometimes it's ok to turn down other events, you can't alway attend everything & no one will be offend.
Chymerem - posted on 07/28/2010
The difference between mothers and fathers is that we try to sort out problems. Find a day u must in ur weekends and do the birthday. Ur kids will learn to appreciate that. And u know what the kids are more important than whatever occupies ur life at the moment. So indulge them once in a while.
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