Both boys are prime ages for Star Wars so we went that theme for their birthday parties. They are both school age now, which means "friend" party vs. "family", which is as it should be. Alex's party was a simple one and I'll include it on here because moms out there need to know that a party doesn't have to be over the top for the kids to have fun. It's no secret that the parties I through are mostly for me anyways because I enjoy them. Cameron's party was a little more traditional.
Alex:We simply told him he could invite 3 friends to see the Star Wars movie together in the theater. This was a huge success. My house stayed clean and he loved being able to go to the movies finally with his friends versus just us. We did go along too, but mostly because we wanted to see the movie too. We treated the boys each to a drink and candy or popcorn as well as covering the cost for their ticket. I had favors too which consisted of 1 Star Wars cupcake that was individually wrapped by Krogers for me already and a zip pack coloring Star Wars pack. These were easy to transport and kinda still made it feel like an actual party. We didn't rent out the theater, get balloons, meet to eat before or after. It was see a movie and go home. Easy peasy. Plus, the moms loved having the time to get some Christmas shopping done without the boys.
Cameron:My baby boy turned 5 and we had a nice party with 4 friends from school. It was a perfect size, but my family and friends also attended. This was my earliest timed party set from 11-1 and it was perfect timing of the day. I simply ordered the kids pizza for lunch, a few snacks and some store bought decorations, and a brownie chocolate-chip cookie dough cake at his request. No games planned for this one. Just play and eat. Simple and fun.
As much I love to drool over the Pinterest Parties and throw them, there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to put them together. The most important thing is that my kids are happy, and that is all I care about.