Let's Have a Party!

Cynthia Dermody
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Photo by Cafe Amy

Today's the official launch of DailyBuzz and all the celebrating and prizes has got me thinking ... one of these days I'm going to have to throw a birthday party for my kids, ages 3 and 5.

Yes, it's true. I've done the family gatherings, but so far I've been able to postpone the invite-32-preschoolers-to-my-house-and-watch-the-destruction-that-follows-after-they-get-all-sugared-up-on-cake-and-candy type party. Plus, deciding who to invite in the first place is also a tricky situation, as Cafe Kierna recently pointed out in BigKidBuzz.

At least I'm not alone, as momfourboys explains:

We have a cookout or make pizzas and have cake with ice cream. I do not have extra big parties for my kids' birthdays. My older two are allowed to have their four closest friends over for theirs. We then go bowling, swimming, sledding, to the movies, have a sleep-over, or go to the hotel and swim in the indoor pool. We went to Pizza Hut one year for their birthdays, as well, and it was a lot of fun, too. We do a big party only for their golden birthdays, and special events. Even then it is mostly all family. We just invite all the cousins as well as immediate family and close friends.

But I think I need to at least consider some ideas for my son's 6th. I asked moms to send me their thoughts, and as always, they delivered. Here are a few of my favorites:

This year we are taking all 7 of our kids to see Veggie Tales LIVE. We have 3 kids with birthdays within 3 weeks-2 are almost 3 and one is almost 7. We will all go out to Red Robin and then to the show. We will have a cake and ice cream at home for each of their special days! We also take each child out ALONE on their birthday night, I think too much emphasis is made on huge parties when they are really just needing/wanting to feel special on their day! --mommytoseven

For my son's 3rd birthday, we went to the Zoo for the day. When we came home, he had cake and ice cream, and the cake was a zoo theme. It worked for us, as he didn't care about a big party. It was also way cheaper and less stressful than some big party at like Chuck E Cheese or renting a huge bounce house. --cdgoldilocks

See you at the party!



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