Yes I just got a year older but no this post is not about me. While I did have a pretty epic birthday and a lot of amazing presents and time with my peeps..it really got me thinking. 🤔 You see, my birthday kicks off the rest of my family’s birthdays and also a plethora of invites from the kids friends. We are officially in “birthday season”.
Trying to live my best life as a frugal minimalist wannabe..well..it becomes difficult. I LOVE giving presents and also LOVE me a good party and I’m kind of fond of planning for my kids. My parties are usually the “I’m just going to keep it low key this year but this just means I will panic last minute and buy literally everything they sell at Party City and then my kid and his friends gets extra because I feel guilty for not getting more in the first place”. And then all sorts of other things go into my buying decisions, such as the fact that Caleb is turning five this month and then he’s moving out and forgetting all about me the month after. 😭 So I want to make it memorable, and things can escalate rather quickly when you throw some totally irrational feelings into the cart with you at Party City. 🎉 🎈This year he wants to take a few friends to the trampoline park and back to our place for pizza and to show off his IPad games. 🤣
So I’m looking for an open (and hater free) discussion on birthdays or parties. Surprisingly I don’t really have any memories of parties or gifts growing up, so wondering if that will be my kids one day. Will they even know the blood, sweat and tears that goes into blowing up dollar store balloons laced with poison ☠️ because mommy couldn’t spend the extra 💵 for the poison free ones? Will they remember that $50 toy that they have already forgotten about by the next day after the sugar rush wears off?
Curious..what is the MOST epic party you remember or have thrown? I also have recently seen a lot of articles on goody bags..are you pro candy and crappy toys in a cute container or could do without? What is appropriate to spend on gifts? Also looking for the other end of the spectrum and for the most memorable or epic free or frugal birthday party ideas.