Over the years, I have come to realize that the more simple birthday parties are the better ones. I don't rent places anymore, and I don't spend way over budget on decorations and party supplies.
The kids just want to have some fun and open presents. Honestly.
We celebrated our son Kipton's 5th birthday party last weekend with a pool party. Both sets of grandparents have a pool, so that was the easy part. He had a blast, and enjoyed his "special" time.
We had lunch and then cake and ice cream. He played with his brother and cousin and had a ball.
Kids don't need spectacular!
They need people. They need time.
When they realize that every birthday is going to be this HUGE, extravagant event they expect it. So year after year you are expected to compete with what you did last year and compete with other friends birthdays. It doesn't have to be like that.
In our society we think we have to out do each other. Why?
I used to be the same way. The bigger, the better. I thought I was doing the right thing for my kids. Turns out, I wasn't. I was just creating a monster each year.
Keep it simple.
That is what they will remember forever.
Don't fall into the Pinterest trap of being the best and spending more than you have just to impress.
"Don't spend money you don't have, impressing people you don't like."
I know this quote kind of seems hurtful, but it's really true. Give them the gift of TIME.