Prior to school and early school age birthday were either just family or a few neighborhood kids.
Then we went in the sleepover stage. That lasted through high school.
Now we are back to just family. The hard part finding a time when the whole family can be there.
The only kind of theme I have done is DD3 was born on Flag Day so every year I decorated with and used flag plates/cups/napkins. That last until she was 9 when she told me. "Mom, I'm about flagged out. Please no more flags".
We have never had a party at a party place of any kind.
For their birthday dinner the birthday person gets to choose the meal. If only the immediate family is celebrating the birthday then the "party" will be dinner and presents.
Since we have rarely lived close to extended family we have not done too many extended family birthdays but since DD3s birthday is in the summer a couple of time we were visiting family close to her birthday so celebrated it there.
what a great idea, that firehouse visit sounds like alot of fun.
i forgot, you're the one with horses.
Ok evidently I am different from everyone (nothing new there though), because I still have bday parties for my kids.
We always have a bday dinner with the 4 of us on the actual day, at a restaurant and the bday person gets to pick the place. On a weekend near her bday we have a family party with grandparents & my sister's family (she has 2 kids). We have cake and dinner--but don't worry we don't play games! We get together for a bday dinner for the rest of the family too, those grandparents, cousins, aunt uncle too. There are 10 of us and it's the main time we get together as the rest of the family lives an hour away from us.
My 2 kids still have a party w/friends. They 14 are (next week) and 11. So evidently we are defying the laws about birthday parties. We haven't been doing themes for parties, for the last few year. When my kids did want themes I really didn't go all out--on the Hawaiian bday we threw up a couple little decorations that we got at the party store that were tropical themed & I looked for a game or 2 relating to that. That resulted in coconut bowling, which evidently was so fun my 11 year old wanted to do it at the last 2 bdays also. But those parties weren't themed, they were like a sleepover & at one point they played cocount bowling--or tried to.
Anyway, for both the last few years it has been a sleepover & that is limited by how many girls can fit in our house, to sleep & that's about 5. I think I let the older dd invite 7 last year but only 6 came & only 5 slept over, so that was good. We are doing some construction on our home right now and that limits the space, so I talked my almost 14 year old into a pool party. It is more money but it's 2 hours and it's done & I don't have all those girls hanging about, lol. She really has a lot of friends, so this way she can invite everyone and I invited the cousins to come along too. I could probably let the other kid invite a couple friends just to swim also . . . our limit is 25 swimmers.
“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
It was meant with tongue in cheeckedness.
Did he at least bring you a slice home? LOL
The only downside to it was that I held my breath the whole time, hoping that they wouldn't get a call while we were there!LOL