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It's Birthday Time

Saturday, March 20, 2010 Leave a Comment

There's a rule someone came up with to determine how many kids to invite to your child's birthday party: take your kid's age, add one, and that's how many they can invite. So my four year old can invite five kids.

Except that there are five kids on our block alone that he wants to invite. That doesn't include his everyday pals or school friends.

Last year, we had just around 5 kids, and between their parents and other family, probably 20 adults. It was a little chaotic.

We recently went to one of his friend's birthday parties. It was at their home, from 11:00 to 1:00. There were probably 10 kids around the age of 4, plus all their parents. They served a light brunch, played pin the tail on the donkey, served the cake, and we were out. It was all very orderly.

I asked my husband why their birthday party was so calm, while ours were always so rowdy.

"They have an end time," he said. "And they didn't serve alcohol."

(Oh, we don't serve alcohol to the kids, silly. Just the parents.)

We're faced with the additional challenge of having two boys with birthdays one week apart. Do we have a combo family birthday, and then separate friend birthday parties? Luckily, we don't have to worry about that this year. My soon-to-be-one year old only has one friend to invite.

For the four year old, we like the idea of having his party outside of our house. We went to a great party at Bladium recently: pizza, a bouncy castle, organized soccer with some of the teenage coaches, and cake. Then we have to decide: do we invite all the kids from school? (I think he already has.)

What do you all do? Where's your favorite place to have a birthday party?

- Amazing Moms birthday party ideas

3 comments »

  • scoop said:  

    Woo Hoo Bladium. As one of my daughter's friend's put it, "It's THE place to have a birthday. First you exercise and then eat lots of pizza and cake." Sounds perfect! We can't wait.

  • Mais-Oui! said:  

    I'm a mom in Crestmoor and my favorite kids party is a home-y (but not AT home) affair with races and games. I have a BBQ and Picnic company that actually does birthday parties for others, so it's easy for me. We invite the kids my child wants to invite, parents we know well (not all the parents), fire up the grill and call a couple of high-school-age kids we know to help run the games and races. We divide the kids into teams and it's the most fun ever. If you want help doing this kind of party - - or another fun party (Cupcake decorating is always fun, too, in case your child's birthday doesn't fall in a good-weather month.), just let me know. We can do it all for you so you can relax, have fun, (and take pictures!), or just do part of the party (grilling? games?)for you.

  • Suzanne said:  

    #1: Serve alcohol to the kids.

    Just kidding...

    I love doing parties at home with the kids. Though I don't give them parties until they are older.

    No reason to... we have a small home singing, cake and gifts. I make specialized cakes for them and take tons of photos.

    When they become school age is when the parties get big. Noise, games, music and a slumber party

    Mental note: Slumber parties... suck. Kids, love them... I do them to keep kids happy.. Mommy drinks more wine to prevent eye twitching