Every year as I’m burning the midnight oil to put the finishing touches on one of my sons’ birthday parties, I ask myself “Why do you do this to yourself year after year?!” Well, the answer is quite simple, really…it always boils down to “Why not?” I can’t think of a better reason to get together with friends and family than to celebrate the birth of the two most precious gifts God has ever given to me. It’s an opportunity to bless and serve those who’ve loved on my kids throughout the year and to celebrate the life of the two littles I love the most. Why would I not go all out on such an occasion?
Some might say that the pressures of Pinterest have caused moms to go crazy on birthdays. I’m here to say, I was this nuts long before Pinterest came along. Pinterest has only enhanced my level of crazy and added more resources to fuel my passion for parties. I really enjoy doing a theme and always try to have at least one element of the party that’s a bit over the top. For example, at my son’s farm-themed party, we had several live farm animals. At my other son’s train party, we, of course, rented a train.
But it’s not just the big things surrounding the party that get me, it’s the little details that make my heart happy! I love tying in the food to the theme and finding the perfect favors and treats to send home with our guests. I also love coordinating the design elements of the party from everything to the invitation before the party, to the cake at the party itself, to the thank you notes we send out after the party is over.
I’m aware that not everyone does big birthdays and by no means is throwing your child a birthday party any indication of how much you love them. I choose to do them because it’s what I know and love. Acts of Service is my love language and I truly enjoy being hospitable to others. Throwing a party is a great way for me to tap into these areas and get in touch with my creative side.
I’m also well aware that my days of throwing big birthday bashes are numbered. My oldest is now 7 and I know that he’s not always going to want a big party with a bunch of people. As he gets older, I know he’s going to lose interest and he’ll soon enough want to do his “own thing” with a select group of friends. But for now, I’ll savor the sweetness of getting to celebrate my kids in a big way and hopefully make memories that will last a lifetime.
Are you in favor of big birthday parties or do you like to keep it simple? Why or why not? We’d love to hear your thoughts in our comments below.
Read my follow-up post on making my own birthday cakes right here.