The Ordinary Moments #8 – Birthday Parties
Yes, I know, sometimes I’m quite liberal with the term ‘ordinary moments’ but in our home we have 6 birthdays a year. Four are children’s birthdays that require a party and although they are extraordinary for our little one, they seem to come and go way too quickly for my liking. It’s the early hours of the morning following Shayla’s birthday party day and I’m already planning Eden’s first birthday in my head. I will start formal planning and invites soon *yawn*. These are such special moments but as a sufferer of anxiety attacks since having Eden, they do require, and take, a lot out of me.
Making and hanging bunting, putting out photographs of the birthday child, cupcakes, party food, balloons, banners, bouncy castle hire, pass the parcel, party bags, all these things that I’m sure by the time they’re all 18 I could run a party planning company doing. I just love how much they enjoy their parties and it is usually their main birthday present. We are fortunate to live in a country where even though we’re apparently ‘poor’ because we live around the social poverty line our children want for nothing. They have enough clothes and toys coming out of their ears, so we never particularly buy anything major, but make sure they have great memories instead. Nanny and Grandad tend to help towards the girls dance lessons when it’s their birthday’s or Judah gets some clothes as he’s ever growing, but we tend not to do toys. They get these from people who attend, family and friends. The occasional scooter/bike etc sort of purchase tends to be at Christmas but again we only really get them one thing (and stocking fillers) as they get so much from everybody else.
I always feel overwhelmed when they get lots of presents as we sponsor children through Compassion (one in Brazil and one in Uganda). For about 1/6th of what we spent on Shayla’s birthday party our Ugandan child bought dresses for her, her mum, a goat, some chickens, grain, some shoes…. certainly put’s things into perspective.
We had so much food as I had bought and made lots, then my mum brought lots of cake, James’ parents purchased extra nibbles, my Nan turned up with more cupcakes. We have plenty of leftovers for them to take to kids church this morning.
They all had such a great time, lots of babies came (obviously with their parents) from church. It was really nice to catch a glimpse into who may be at Eden’s future parties. Most of the babies were also demonstrating to Eden (who hates it) how to work the jumperoo. She just doesn’t weigh enough for it to touch the floor, and so she gets frustrated.
Shayla had opted for a princess theme (again), and this year she was Cinderella, Isis was Aurora, Judah was a pirate (Shayla’s choice) and Eden had a beautiful princess dress. I always just wish they’ll choose a princess whose costume they already own, but no, of course it’s always a different one. They have so many dress up outfits now, we are starting a dress-up corner in the playroom.
I had decorated with simple pictures of Shayla as a child and made my own bunting too, bespoke with Shayla’s name on it… I figured she could hang it above her bed after the party.
I loved having the photo lines with Shayla pictures pegged to it all over the home. One friend thought they were a permanent feature…. brain ticks over whether I could justify it… would need to be pictures of the whole family and secured with more than just cellotape though *winks*. The same friend was captured wearing a tiara with my husband, so funny.
I really enjoyed doing the party at home. We tend to hire a venue usually but it worked so well and was a very relaxed atmosphere, and if I felt like that, then that’s saying something. I think this may be something we do more often, especially for the smaller parties. So, birthday parties may not be your ordinary but for us there is one every couple of months. Join in with Katie at ‘Mummy Daddy Me’ by clicking on the badge below.