How do you celebrate your children's birthdays?

Laine - posted on 11/11/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have two daughters with birthdays that are fairly close (19th Dec then 06th Jan) so we usually throw a combined birthday party so they can celebrate with their friends and on their actual birth day they get one special present from mum and dad and we do a family activity of their choice such as see a movie, go to the zoo, go on a picnic etc. The combined parties sure do cost a lot of money though! I was tempted to give the party a miss this year but I feel like birthday parties are a bit like a rite of passage when you are a kid! What does your family do?

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Laine - posted on 11/13/2009

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Is that her in the pic Shanelle? She sure is a cutie! She looks older than 2 though. I have a 16 month old as well - her birthday is the 13th of July (so not much after your daughters birthday). I have no idea what we will do for her birthday! Probably just something little with the family cause I don't think they really get into parties until they are like 3 or 4. My little one cried at her first birthday party and there were only a handful of guests. She was scared of the balloons too because one popped when she tried to grab it!

Shanelle - posted on 11/12/2009

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well my daughter's birthday is the 4th of july.. yay lucky bday but i want to do something great for her bday last year her grandma on her dad's side threw her a 1 year bday party. this year i want something great for her 2 year. i dont know though

Jennifer - posted on 11/12/2009

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I love partys and i must say i go way overboard my son just turned 5 last week, his party consisted of 25 kids and 50 adults, i did 75 cupcakes homemade, homemade gi joe army tank cake, we did an obstacle course which i thought would entertain kids for about 5 mins but boy was i wrong they were still amazed 4 hrs afterward-- we did tug of war, ran through tires( i borrowed), climbed over haybales( for a wall which i borrowed), dove into ball pit(already had) and also a tunnel that we made out of tomato sticks and yarn( about $4), then they chase my husband for stealing the american flag--all in all i was very creative and found most of the stuff around the house and or thrift stores and it was a huge party and combined with his present and food decorations etc...it was a grand total of 150 for the party ( i served chili,chips, cheese, bought the mini bags and thus put chili in bag didnt buy plates this way) most importantly is look around for ideas u will be suprised how cool a party u can throw with things around the house or borrow them--i love the partys with my kids because they are only little once and its a celebration of their lives--im currently planning my daughters party for her first birthday which is 5 months away that way i can buy stuff on sale etc....

Laine - posted on 11/12/2009

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Thank you for all the helpful comments. We don't have enough room at our place for a party unfortunately as we are all squashed into a tiny courtyard which is cramped with us alone in it! Usually we just have their birthday at the park but the parks aren't as exciting as they used to be. I wanted to have a party at the indoor maze place here but they charge an arm and a leg and you have to have the food they provide which is all unhealthy and digusting. The next option was the pool and hire the inflatable for the kids to play on but they are already booked out! Then I considered having it at my mums house and buying a small aboveground pool which we could use not only for the party but the whole summer and make it part of their gift. The park is great but it is a hassle dragging it all down there with no refridgeration or power or clean toilets! At least at my mums we can play music and store food properly and provide clean toilets! I just think the kids would get bored without something exciting to play with there. Even a slip and slide could be fun and they are only cheap.

Erin - posted on 11/12/2009

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the 1st thing i do is let my girls pick a theme, my oldests last b-day was hannah montanna and my middle dds next b-day will be dora.'i love throwing them parties so i have to budget myself $100.00 (i have a tendancy to go overboard) its fun and challanging to do it for that cost. i make my own cakes and the girls help make decorations and games. we always play pin the tail on the donkey or some variation (at the hannah party we did pin the microphone in hannahs hand).

Caryn - posted on 11/12/2009

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We do all of our kids bday parties at our house. We do buy their cake most of the time and we just have friends over. We do cake/ice cream/presents and my kids love it. They have never been to or had a party that was very elaborate so they arne't missing out on anything. Kids like the little things in life and don't care if you spend $500 on them.

Danielle - posted on 11/12/2009

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Have a little party at home... Get the girls to help make the cupcakes and let them decorate them whilst you do the sandwiches and sausage roll's, you only need a few finger foods... you dont need to buy decorations, let the girls make them, it will be so much more special to tell their friends they made them, themselves (so proud)..
It doesn't have to cost hun, good luck... xx

Shiarra - posted on 11/11/2009

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i take each child to Wal-mart. i tell them they have $50 to get what ever toy, sporting equipment, or Nintendo DS game they want. Then I let them know that they get to chose lunch or dinner at thier favorite restaurant. Usually its Mcdonalds, but they surprise me sometimes with chosing to stay home and eat, or eating at an actuall sit down restaurant. Thats what i do. Its great to have that one on one time with them. I keep them out of school and we spend the day together. They love it.

Brandy - posted on 11/11/2009

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I think they are important. And you can find ways to do them cheap. I go to the dollar store for decorations and you can reuse things from last year. Also, you can choose foods that are inexpensive and you can do more of a self serve snack bar instead of an actual meal and just have all kinds of different trays of food. You don't have to go all out and get games and hire clowns and all that. You can make up your own games or search online how to make some and as long as all the friends and family are there, I don't think the rest matters.

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