Birthday Parties are a big deal when you’re a kid.
One of my favorite birthday cakes was the Barbie my mom made me one year. Do you remember those? They were pretty popular in the 80s. I wish I had a picture of mine, but they are all in albums at my parent’s house. Here’s a more modern day how-to, in case you are like WTF are you talking about?!?
Besides Christmas and Halloween, your birthday is about the best holiday ever, especially as a kid.
Do you remember the fun of planning your birthday parties as a kid? You got to pick a theme, usually whatever pop culture thing you were into at the time, and send out real, paper invites to your friends. On the day of, you sat in anticipation of your guests to arrive, constantly checking the time. You were just so excited and couldn’t wait to see all your friends!
And eat that delicious frosting. I mean… cake.
When I was a kid, we had Rainbow Bright and She-Ra. Today we get PJ Mask and Paw Patrol. The kids want everything Paw Patrol, from the decor to the cake and everything in between. My nephew had a Paw Patrol birthday last year and it was ALL Paw Patrol. The only thing missing was the Paw Patrol invite. I can’t say much because we gave him Paw Patrol gifts. We may indulge his every wish but that’s what aunts are for… right?
I am also the official family documentarian. Or so I appoint myself as such.
Birthday parties are a perfect event to document. Typically, there is already a built-in activity with whatever the birthday child wants to do. As a summer kid, you could have a sleepover in the middle of the week (no school!), have a pool party, or do an outdoor game, like baseball. In the fall, you could play in the leaves or hit the basketball court (if the weather agrees). Winter could be fun with a snowman building contest or snowball fight (granted you live in an area that gets snow). Spring could be all about planting a garden or playing in the rain.
A documentary photographer could capture your activities and all those fun candids!
We all know the fun happens when we sit down to open the presents and cut that cake. There’s always jokes and laughter, plus the excitement of what will be in the next present. It’s fun for everyone, not just the birthday kid. For some reason, we all loved watching someone else open presents. What will it be? Will they like it? The anticipation is as fun as the opening.
What is your next birthday party theme and how will you pull it off?
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