My oldest son is just on the edge of being done with birthday parties that are just family. In the next year or two I fully expect him to start getting invites to parties and then want a have friends over for his own party. Yet in the mean time I still get to pull off the easy version where we just have some coffee and cake in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.
Our typical birthday party for our kids are low key affairs. After all, all the kid really wants are a few presents and a cake. So we give him just that. Granted I tend to have fun making the cakes since I typically do something different each year. In my past my boys have had boat cakes, construction sites, giant cars, race tracks and dinosaur cakes. Yet ironically making fun cakes don’t really cost a lot of money (I love candy from the bulk bins). So this year I’m trying my hand at a Lego themed cake with ingredents that set me back $11. Then I just need to pick up a few decorations from the dollar store (mainly balloons, which also double as toys) and we have an party for less than $20.
It is sort of amusing to me to read stories like this one where parents spend $1000’s on a child’s birthday party. From my own memories I most treasure the feeling of just being really special for one day a year. I got to pick what we had for supper on my birthday as a small kid and then the restaurant we ate at when I got older. I also got to pick what kind of cake I would like and I got a few presents. What more did I need?
So if you have kids, how much do you spend on their birthday party (and what age are they)? If you don’t have kids, what did you remember from your own birthday parties as a child?