Comments on: Birthday Celebrations http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:46:58 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Dr. Pepper Birthday Party: The Idea + The Invitations | Blog con Queso http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-743871 Dr. Pepper Birthday Party: The Idea + The Invitations | Blog con Queso Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:57:54 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-743871 [...] few years ago I decided that I liked Gabby’s approach to birthdays.… have select years where a big friend party is an option and kick back on the other years [...]

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By: Preethi http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-738159 Preethi Wed, 18 Sep 2013 23:02:45 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-738159 My parents immigrated to the US in the early 80′s from India. Once we came here, though, we missed the large network of family and friends we once had. There are three of us and my parents celebrated each of our birthdays with a large party every year. It was a time for our family and friends here to gather and reconnect. I can still smell my mother and grandmother (and sometimes my father) cooking and talking until 1am. Now, with my two girls, we try and do something special with them on their birthday as well as have a party–small or large, we like sharing it. It also helps that their birthdays are a week apart so we have one party with both of their friends. Last year, we were vacationing at the beach and it happened to be my oldest’s 7th birthday. After spending the day on the beach, we celebrated by getting pastries from a little shop on the boardwalk in the evening, went back to an isolated part of the beach after sunset and blew out the candles we had put on the pastries. A week later, we told the hotel restaurant staff about our 5 year old’s birthday and they sang for her at breakfast along with everyone else who was there. Birthdays are magical.

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By: mamalang http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-716373 mamalang Tue, 03 Sep 2013 19:14:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-716373 We always have at least two “Parties” for each of our three kids until they turn 18. Before that, the family comes over for dinner and cake, and then there is something fun with friends. It’s ranged from skating and bowling and ranch parties to sleepovers with movies in the backyard at home. The sweetest part is that the older kids (14 and up) really don’t need much. Food and a place to hang.
My son’s birthday is just a few days before Christmas, so we have tried a few things for him. We’ve had parties in January, and this last year we had a half birthday in June. Camping in the backyard with a movie, it was a great way to celebrate (and see all his friends before summer vacation.)

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By: olivia clark http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-714946 olivia clark Tue, 03 Sep 2013 01:27:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-714946 all of this is so sweet and so great- but i just can’t get the picture of that huge chocolate cake out of my head! how? what is that ah-mah-zing thing?

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By: JC http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-713973 JC Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:45:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-713973 Your birthday celebrations are very much in line with our own. We shoot for a memorable family experience in lieu of a large friend celebration. We live in the NY Metro area and friend celebrations are all too often tinged with “status issues”. Quite frankly, while I can afford to throw one for my children I’m not interested in setting that tone! So we find family things to do – American Girl for brunch, a Broadway show, an indoor waterpark, something memorable for our entire family followed by cake together and small presents at home. It seems to make them happy and to offset the lack of friend celebrations I always send a special birthday treat into school for everyone to enjoy together.

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By: Tracy http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-708478 Tracy Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:34:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-708478 Wow! Talk about flexibility! It seems that all of your travels have given your kids and you as a family unit the gift of flexibility and finding joy right where you are. So impressive that you were able to give up you long-ago made plans and dreams for plans that were better fitting and probably more welcomed than the imagined ones may have been. I’m a huge planner, and I’ve found that can be a huge blessing, but also a bit of a curse if I let my plans rule instead of flexibility. Bravo you! And happy birthday to your kids.

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By: christine / darling studio http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-708475 christine / darling studio Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:33:08 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-708475 Today, Henry (who turned 4 last week said), “Mama, I wish I could have a birthday every day. Would that be cool?”

Since his and my 2-year-old daughter’s birthdays are only a month apart, we decided to do something like you. A big party on designated years, and family-with-a-friend-or-two celebrations all other years. So far, so good, but I love the ease and flexibility (even if uninentional) you have practiced with your 6(!) kids, and I am sure it will all change as the years go on. But that’s all part of the fun, no?

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By: Dee http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-708288 Dee Fri, 30 Aug 2013 18:11:13 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-708288 I love the ways you’ve celebrated. My daughter turned 11 on Wednesday and one of our traditions is a big meal (immediate family) which the birthday boy or girl chooses. So, we did that and tonight, we are having a small cake and ice cream party with games tonight with family. Sometimes, we have invitations, and decorations. Other times, I just have the kids go ring their friends’ doorbells and gather whoever they can to come over to sing Happy Birthday and eat cake. My favorite way to celebrate though is definitely to travel!

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By: Nikki http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-707346 Nikki Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:03:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-707346 This is so crazy! I was at the Taylor Swift concert too! But there were four I think, so we may not have been there on the same day. Anyways, I love your blog Gabby and the Olive Us videos are my favorite! It’s so amazing how involved your family is in the blogging world! I began reading Say Yes to Hoboken after seeing Liz’s house featured on a blog I read daily, Cup of Joe and my sister reads Oh Happy Day all the time, so then I started too. And then I discovered your blog through both of those! I am so glad I did. You have such a beautiful family and such an amazing blog!

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By: Sadie R http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-706550 Sadie R Fri, 30 Aug 2013 06:34:18 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-706550 I can’t wait!

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By: Jenn Sedor http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-705586 Jenn Sedor Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:28:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-705586 Well… my son turned 4 this year. We’ve been in and out and all over the place this summer and I made sure that we were at home to throw him a wonderful party with all his playschool friends. The only catch was that the day was well before his actual birthday… he had a great time and we went on with our lives…..

A few weeks later I realized that me, my husband, grand-parents and all… had completely forgotten his real birthday…. Thank goodness he’s too young to know the difference.

Jenn S.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-705510 Design Mom Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:44:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-705510 I choose Disneyworld!

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-705498 Design Mom Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:41:08 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-705498 I love the broadway show tradition! So sweet.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-705494 Design Mom Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:40:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-705494 We’ve have a related but slightly different problem (I’ve mentioned it before, so sorry for the repeat). Our events seem to come in pairs. Maude and Ben Blair have birthdays a few days apart in March. Betty and June have birthdays a few days apart in May (and Mother’s Day is usually the next day!). My birthday and Father’s day are usually the same week. And Olive and Ralph’s birthdays are a day apart in August.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-705490 Design Mom Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:37:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-705490 You’re so sweet to say so, Camilla. I’m glad you liked this post!

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-705488 Design Mom Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:37:24 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-705488 So wonderful that he talked about it for months afterward!

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-705485 Design Mom Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:36:27 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-705485 I love all those ideas, Deborah!

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-705483 Design Mom Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:35:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-705483 I love one year old parties! I love that they’re really just for the parents (and maybe older siblings). They feel like a celebratory WE DID IT moment for making it through that first year. And the baby is too young to have an opinion so you can decorate any way you like. : )

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-705470 Design Mom Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:31:26 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-705470 I hear you. It’s so fun to have something creative to work on — with a firm deadline, and the relief that comes when it’s done.

I always get a good “party high” after an event is over

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/08/birthday-celebrations/comment-page-1/#comment-705464 Design Mom Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:30:13 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=39993#comment-705464 Score! I think I’ll suggest the hotel idea to one of my kids for a future birthday. Sounds good to me. : )

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