Before you continue reading, let me first tell you that I am not big on kids bday parties. So if you are here looking for Bday decor inspo or Bday themes, you can stop reading now. This post isn’t about how to go all out on your child’s 3rd Bday, but the complete opposite. If you are the kind of mom who does a theme park every year to skip out on big bday parties, than this post is for you.
This year Eddie turned 3 and my husband and I had planned to spend the entire weekend at Disney. We thought it would be a hassle free way to celebrate his bday. But after looking at our budget, we quickly realized spending the night at Disney’s California Grand hotel was out of the question. We decided to do California Adventure for Saturday and invite my sisters, brother and my husbands moms for an impromptu get together.
I will say that my sons Bday was one of the most memorable days I’ve had with him. I had so much fun with my siblings and the kids had a blast. The weather was beautiful, the food was great and everyone was chilled out. I also loved having a photographer there, it allowed me to be more present and not worry so much about capturing that perfect Instagram moment. It was the best decision ever! So what did I learn about this? I learned that all you need for a stress free Bday party are 5 things.
Great Food - I Got party trays from Chichenitza and my sister brought cake from Paris Baguette
Create a simple Photo Backdrop - I Bought Balloons and hero masks from Party City
Be surrounded by the people you love talking to
Have enough space for the kids to run around.
Invest in a photographer - I had the fabulous Annie Vovan
Now, I am not saying that there’s anything wrong with doing the most for bday parties. I wish I had more of that gene in me. But if the hosting thing doesn’t come naturally to you, don’t stress. Don’t let the Instagram and Pinterest world get to you and your stress levels. Relax and know that there’s no greater gift than spending quality time with your child. Don’t do it for others, do it for your babies.
And who knows, maybe I will eat all my words and next year host the grandest bday bash ever. But for now, just having these memories stored in my hear (and my dropbox folder) will do :)