We celebrated a little early since my husband has to work on her actual birthday. When you have so many kids, just family can be a party alone! Lately our style with birthdays have been very low key for our sanity’s sake and not to overwhelm the child. We let them pick out all the meals for the day and pick the celebratory activity. They get 2-3 really cool gifts and preferably gifts that will keep all the kids occupied all day ha!
The night before I decorated very simply with a banner and tons of balloons all over the floor, which kept them very entertained all morning while I had coffee and made a special breakfast.
Elly opened her gifts, one of which was a huge amusement park Lego set that took them all morning to build, while the parents took it easy win-win! We saved money on the big set by buying it on Ebay. It was still in the sealed bags but just missing the box. That is one way to save on Legos.
Her choice for fun was spending a couple hours at Peter Pipper Pizza’s arcade.
Everybody had a ton of fun and then we headed home for dinner and cake.
When you have a lot of birthdays throughout the year, you can get burnt out on store-bought birthday cakes. I was so happy when Elly picked out this chocolate chip cake from a cast iron skillet cook book. unfortunately I am no Martha Stewart and when I inverted it onto a plate, it fell apart BUT it was still soooo good.
We enjoyed it with some Ice Cream sandwiches and then called it a night. I really enjoy birthdays like this. While a big party, bouncy houses and lots of friends can be a lot of fun, they can also be very draining on the mother! I didn’t want birthdays to be days where I stressed yelling at everybody to keep the house clean and then being too busy to actually enjoy the birthday with my child. As I grow older, I realize more my limits and what I can handle with joy. I don’t know how long I can keep these simple birthdays going but while my kids enoy them, I am going to take advantage! 🙂