I had read about the Jeub family’s Birthday Bash. I’ve mulled it over for a while. Talked to my husband and we both thought about it more. And finally decided that this is a good fit for our family.
I’ve found I work better in set parameters. I am more efficient. I am more creative. It just works for me.
In celebrating birthday months with two of the boys in February, two in September and our daughter in May, there is a lot of variability. Some plans fall through because of illness. The quality of the party can depend on funds, energy and time available.
But if we put our efforts into one party a year then there is one party to make amazing. Extended family get one invitation instead of being worn out with 3-5. And their actual birthdays can’t be ruined because of another siblings illness.
Like yesterday, a couple were a little sniffly and my husband felt really rough. An actual birthday party would have been canceled. But our plans were for a cake from Sam’s Club, opening cards, receiving a book from us and eating a special supper.
John Micah is not old enough to really tell me clearly what he wants to eat but I know he loves turkey so yesterday was turkey, parsnips, green beans and purple cabbage slaw. Today, James wants homemade mac and cheese. That will be made fresh to go with the turkey leftovers.
I took the birthday boys to Toys R us. James got some Star Wars stuff. John Micah got a car that lights up and rolls across the floor. John Micah got a balloon and I’m not sure who ended up more happy over the balloon, him or Katie Rose.
They really enjoyed their cards especially ones from their aunt with a picture of them with her.
Despite illness, it was a great day.
Today I’ll be taking cupcakes to James’ school.
1) Pick a theme that can translate into costume ideas for Halloween. This year since Star Wars is coming to theaters in December, Star Wars is our theme. This may be more fun than the year we went as the Scooby Gang.
2) Each child gets a book from us for their birthday. And books can come with craft supplies or toys. James got a Star Wars Origami book. John Micah got a Cars busy book. I became a Barnes and Noble member in anticipation of our future purchases.
3) Cake and supper of choice for the birthday child – no restaurants. Some times may be a little more lean than others so I would hate to take one to a restaurant and then have to tell the next one that we can’t.
4) A big celebration at our location of choice. This year, we’re planning to celebrate at a lake back near family in Mississippi. We might do a museum party one year or a trip to family further a way in future years.
5) A flexible date….shooting for a weekend in June and thinking about camping out. That means that we must plan the actual date closer to time to take into account weather.
6) Treats at school during elementary school years.
Happy Birthday John Micah and James!