I have a secret. Actually, it isn't so much of a secret as it is a declaration. I'm not ashamed by this. In fact, I'm okay about it. You see, my daughter is 2 and I have yet to throw a birthday party for her.
Are you gasping yet? I know someone out there is. I am such a minority in this area.
While Pinterest is getting loaded by the second with boards all about how to plan your kid's upcoming birthday, I'm over here like, "Naw, girl, I'm cool. No parties for us."
Mind if I share some of the reasons for why I haven't officially thrown my kid a party yet?
1. I'm lazy
I know. This makes me sound like some poor excuse for a mother. But seriously, it's a part-time job planning a party. It's all work, no play (for the planner, that is) and, at the end of the day, you've got a kid hyped up on sugar and more toys to add to the overflowing toy box. I suppose it could be easy if you were inviting just family members or already had a suitable venue, but if you don't have any of those, getting creative and finding the time to plan everything can be quite the task. And yeah: I'm lazy.
Of course we can all spend our hard earned money the way we'd like. Truthfully, I'd rather put a few hundred dollars in my daughter's savings account than blow it on party accessories, a venue and favors.
"Duh, girl, haven't you heard of a budget party?"
I mean, yeah. I feel like after buying food and favors, you've already spent a good $50, though. Any more than that for just a wee one seems a bit much to me.
3. She's too young
I get it. You're never too young to celebrate life. We do it before life even happens! Baby showers are a huge deal in the U.S., so what's wrong with celebrating a magnificent milestone like turning 1, 2 or 3 years old? Absolutely nothing! Well, I mean, except for the fact that the guest of honor usually doesn't know what's going on. Which isn't always a bad thing because then said party can turn into a fun get-together. But I've always wanted my children to really play a role during their parties. I feel like this can't happen until they are a bit older and know what's going on.
4. There are so many other things to do besides throwing a party
While we didn't have a party for my daughter's 2nd birthday, we did want to celebrate her in some way. We landed on free tickets to Walt Disney World, the husband and I played hookie from work and, boom, it turned into a celebration at the happiest place on Earth.
Our cool toddler got to wear a Happy Birthday button on her shirt, and everywhere we went, she was showered with birthday wishes from everyone. We ended the day with a huge Mickey Mouse balloon that made her eyes light up so brightly that I almost dropped a tear. I figured, instead of parties we could always do fun trips to pools, splash pads, zoos, local kid-friendly parks—the options are endless. Between the dozens of pictures that will be taken, the memories that will be had, isn't that what celebrating life is all about?