How to Create Memorable Birthdays!
First of all, shout out to my littlest guy, Sawyer! He turns 4 today! He is an angle without wings. Really, to know him is to love him. He is so full of happiness and fun and life. Of course, as his parents, we would love to do some huge, extravagant party for him every chance we get, but my husband pointed out long ago (right about the time our first turned 3) that big parties, lots of gifts and tons of friends aren’t what he remembers most about his birthdays. His dad started a tradition with him that has stuck, and I’m going to share it with you.
With your first kid every parents imagines every birthday being red letter. Don’t get me wrong, it is. But when you start having more than one child and birthdays fall close to other holidays or birthdays, life can get complicated. So, Matt suggested taking a page out his father’s book. We decided to let each of our kids have a party every other year, on the odd birthdays (1st, 3rd, 5th…..you get it) and the years they don’t have a party they get a date night out with just mom and dad. Our oldest is getting ready to turn 12 this summer and she already has the restaurant picked out that she wants to go to. We don’t put any limitations on it (after all, a party is always going to cost more than a meal). Some of her choices were Wingers, Applebee’s, and most recently, our favorite steak house (ok, that one might have come close to the same cost). My other son chose his first dinner date with us to be McDonald’s in the play land, and his sister was invited.
The point is, on the years the kids don’t have a party Matt and I get a break from planning all of the hoopla, but more importantly, we get the opportunity to spend some quality time on our child’s special day. It’s a chance for us to connect and make memories with them, teach them good restaurant etiquette, and give 100% of our attention to that child. Plus, it makes the years they have parties that much more memorable. It’s a tradition that Matt and his dad still hold, because one day those little 4-year-olds will grow up and the parties and toys will be gone, but the tradition will continue.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SAWYER!