Harlow Madden, daughter of Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, celebrated her birthday in style at a party this past weekend. While they tried to keep things low key, and it was sans any circus animals, the star-studded guest list alone made it an A-list shindig that could have challenged any red-carpet event.
Those attending included Jessica Alba and Cash Warren, with their daughter Honor; Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivory, with their daughter Stella; Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale with Kingston and Zuma in tow; and Kourtney Kardashian with little Mason.
They all convened at the Treehouse Social Club in Beverly Hills. But for as swanky as it sounds, and guest list aside, it really was pretty simple, at least by Hollywood standards. No one was sporting ball gowns or sending kids with their nannies; instead pictures and reports show that Hollywood's hottest parents were pretty laid back, arriving in jeans and casual clothes, ready to play.
"It was a fun, casual party," a source told People. "Besides the celebrity kids, Harlow had a few friends from school at the party and she was very excited. The kids played outside in the Treehouse and enjoyed art and crafts projects inside. All the moms chatted while the dads bonded and it was a perfect party for both the adults and the kids."
How nice to hear. Too often the parties for children are really about the adults or so over-the-top that you worry how that child's wedding or any other event in his life is going to compete after something like that. Anyone remember Suri Cruise's $100,000 second birthday party?
My baby is turning 2 this weekend, and though we won't have any celebrities present, we're going to be celebrating in a similarly low-key way. Just lunch, cake, and presents with a few family members, and that should be enough. While there's nothing wrong with huge parties -- and I've thrown a few myself during my son's seven years -- it's also nice to rid oneself of all the anxiety and stress of orchestrating a huge event and just focus on what you're really celebrating -- the birth of your child.
What kinds of birthday parties do you throw your children?
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