Bren is turning two this Saturday and for the past few weeks, I've been gathering things for his birthday party. Since having my children, I've realized that birthdays are treated differently with each family. There are some people that believe that birthdays are special and should be celebrated with some type of party every year. Then you have some people that don't believe that birthdays are that big of a deal. Then, you have me. I believe that birthdays are special but they don't warrant a "party" every year. Now, when I say party, I mean balloons, food, cakes, themes, etc.. My kids birthdays are always recognized (for instance, with Nick, we had a picnic at the park), but we don't go all out. My main reason for this way of thinking is because I don't want my kids to think that the material aspect of a birthday is what makes it a special day. I want them to know that their birthdays are special with or without the 'hoopla'. I usually skip their first birthday as far as having a party because (in my opinion), a one year old does not know whats going on in the first place. Actually Brendan didn't start walking until after his first birthday so he would not have been part of the party anyway:) So, I start them with their second birthday. Which is a pretty good age because by then, they are walking, playing, getting excited by a few things, AND talking more and more! After their this party, they more than likely wont have another one until they turn five (again, that does not mean we don't acknowledge their birthdays). I also do other party's through out the year like their annual end of summer party and this year we are shooting for a Halloween party (fingers crossed) so they really aren't lacking in the party area anyway;)

With all that said, I'm planning Brendan's Birthday party and I'm so excited about it! Remember this fabric?

I fell in love with it so much, that I decided to base the party around the colors in it! I love themed parties! I also love the extra details that are put into a party that make it unique. For instance, this Curious George party that I found

The colors are just so much fun! Or, what about this lollipop themed party?!

I have my kids an end of summer party every year and last year the theme was bugs! This cake by Janell would have been perfect for that party!

And my number 1 reason for wanting a girl is to be able to do girly girly things for her like Emily did for daughters 4th birthday

How do you celebrate birthdays? What do you do to make your parties unique or special?!

I'll make sure I post pictures of his party!

Curious George and the Lollipop images were found on hostess blogPhotobucket


Lana said...

Happy Birthday to your baby boy i been looking for party inspiration for a while thanks for sharing.

By the way congrats for winning at Spring giveaways over at Isabella and Max

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

i've always loved homemade theme parties for kids and autumn at design dump does some great ones for her kids as well. the only downside is all of the decorations always look like A LOT of work. hopefully it's something i'll be able to do when i have mine.

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Happy Birthday to Brandon! The colors are so festive and happy, love all these adorable party images you posted. What a hoot you included a picture of the bug cake!

And yes, as Lana spilled the beans, I can hardly believe your comment number came up when finding out the winners at random.org for my giveaway!!


Emily A. Clark said...

First, congrats on your win on Janell's site. Love that bracelet, you lucky girl!

Second, thanks for including my pictures on this post.

Third, I'm loving the colors you are working around for the party. I like the paper lanterns in that one pic. Just saw some that were price pretty reasonably on ZGallerie's site yesterday, if you're interested.

Good luck! Can't wait to see how it turns out. He is adorable.

MzMannerz said...

Happy Birthday to your little sweetie and congrats on your Stella and Dot win!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

I really enjoyed the posting. I believe your children will certainly be far ahead in the game of life. I wish more parents would focus on the essence and not the materialistic attachment. Reminds me of Christmas and the commercialism attached to it. Whoops.

What a handsome guy.

Am I invited?

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to Brandon! That fabric is perfect inspiration for a fun party and I love all of the ideas you posted. It will be fun to see what you decide to do!

Mrs. Chic said...

I'm like you we don't 'go all out' for brithday parties - My sons had a few parties over the years, and some years its just us (me, his dad, and him) going to a movie and having cake or taking a family trip & celebrating his birthday there.

I love the Curious George theme! So cute, my son used to LOVE Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog :)

The Budget Brides Handbook said...

Ok so your little one is a cutie pie. I LOVE the fabric and the Curious George theme party idea. I am pretty sure he'd love it to. Thanks for your comment on my post.

Laura Ferry-Jimenez said...

so glad I came across your blog today - love, love, LOVE this fabric!

we are moving into a much smaller house and are turning our dining room into our kids playroom... and it's also the room you first walk into! yikes! please pray for me. haha. I need it to be fun and adult all in one.

I'll have to keep you posted on my progress!! ;)

Tamstyles said...

wow you have a lot to do...babies are getting older.

Dreams of Perfection said...

That curious George theme is fanatastic! For my son we go to the lake house every year & spend time w/ family. For my daughter we have a slumber party w/ music, rented movies, cake & tacos. I definitely don't go all out. I just want them to know that family is important and that we all appreciate them being here.

Dreams of Perfection said...

And Happy Birthday to your little dude!!

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

Happy Birthday little one.

I'm actually planing a birthday party for our younger one for next month. With the oldest I always made partis of the small kind...I have 12 nieces/nephews so family only. Usually at the house with Themes like M&M party, etc. I made the food (except the cake) and I always gave him ONE present.

This time we are doing it at a local venue for the first time and I'm looking forward to it. Mainly because we live a few states from our family so we needed to go do it in a place they can all go.

I love the fabric!

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