SIX out of the 8 family member in our house have birthdays within the next few months. These are the days I'll be planning for...
Halloween kicks it all off October 31st
November 8th is baby's 2nd birthday
November 26th my boys 10th birthday and he'll be nice and stuffed for his bday dinner because...
Thanksgiving is November 28th and we'll also be eating cake...
November 30th is a 7th birthday
December 13th my girl is officially a teen
December 22nd my boo thang turns 33
December 25th Christ was born
December 31st-1st PARTY LIKE MUTHA EFFIN ROCKSTARS! (Well... the kids will.)
January 7th an 11th birthday for another one of our girls.
We discussed somehow assigning each kid a new birthday and spreading them all evenly throughout the year so that way EVERYBODY wins... but it's just not the same without the legal documents to back it up. (We talked about changing those too but we're pretty sure it's illegal.) We always have the option of throwing ONE big party for all of them but then I feel guilty for cheating them out of their special day. Not only that but then it becomes a matter of... do we invite EVERYONE we know? Do we rent a place? If we do... Entertainment? Food? What theme fits ALL their ages? Which takes me back to... It's more important because there's so many of them and they have to share everything else, that they each be recognized individually on THEIR day. All this baring in mind that we have to coordinate all of this around visitation schedules for two sets of kids... possibly just one. *Exhale*
Last year we came up with the brilliant idea of letting the birthday kid choose an activity they wanted to do on their birthday weekend which usually included dinner and an activity. We threw a big bash to celebrated the little ones birthday since it was her very first birthday and that would be it. Now dinner and an activity for 7 people on all of the above days is easily SUPER expensive. And then because I didn't want their actual birthdays to go ignored even though we did an activity on the weekend. I baked em some cupcakes and we'd buy them a gift as well which defeated the purpose of doing the activity. So really, we probably paid DOUBLE what we would have paid for one big party or doing little individual birthday dinners.
This year I'm going with a birthday dinner for each child with a few decorations reflecting each kids personality. I want to aim for at least one DIY decoration project for each kid to add a personal touch to each kids special day.
A little ambitious ya think? Maybe. There's no guarantee we won't end up slapping a few candles on a Pizza Hut pizza and handing one of em' a few bucks and calling it a night.
(Hmm... not a terrible idea...)
Good thing is... they're all pretty damn cool kids who despite the over abundance of technology they own, they still appreciate the little things. I doubt they'd hold the pizza against us.
Anyway, I'll be keeping ya'll posted...