Monday, January 1, 2007

Celebrate We Will

I absolutely love planning any sort of party for my kids, whether it's a Christmas ornament swap with friends or a first birthday bash with just our sweet family. I love the entire process - picking a theme, choosing colors, browsing Pinterest and Etsy for fun ideas, weekly trips to Target and Hobby Lobby - and I love to get the kids involved too. Birthdays are such sweet celebrations and they remind us of the Lord's goodness and faithfulness.
I'm a handmade-party girl. I love the making/planning/baking/doing. But I don't throw parties to impress people or to be 'pinned' or to out-do anyone else. I don't spend gobs of money on things that are going to be thrown away. And, most importantly, I don't lose sight of the reason for the celebration: the blessing of having a sweet and precious child to celebrate... on birthdays and every day.


To me, this is a simple way of showing love to my children; their birthday celebrations are my love letters to them. It is a way I can show them how much I love them by celebrating who they are, what they mean to me, and the things they love most, whether that be a Disney princess or a daring space ranger...



Hope you enjoy looking back on some of our favorite celebrations.

Mary Ella:






Sam:



Other Parties and Celebrations:








Note: I realize that, for some moms, planning a party just isn't fun, and it's much easier to call the local skate center or inflatables joint and have them do everything. And I think that is AWESOME. You are showing love to your child. They will never forget it!
There are tons of popular 'mom articles' floating around, though, that basically bash mothers who try to throw any sort of party at home with handmade goodies and decorations. I won't get into the Mommy Wars, but I will say this: What matters is that we show love to our kids. Whether that be with birthday pancakes and a small family celebration or a big planned party with scratch-made cookie favors and carefully crafted paper banners, or a simple kiss and "Happy Birthday" before they board the school bus in the morning. Kids don't care what you do; they just want to know you love them. 
If planning a handmade party makes you a witch or a grouch or makes you get frustrated and stressed and you end up regretting sending out invitations, then don't do it. But please don't bash other moms in the process by making snarky remarks, because even though parties may not be your thing, it may be a BIG thing to another mom. 
I don't particularly find joy in strenuous physical activity - say, running, for instance. But you won't see me bashing anyone for holding up their marathon medal or slapping their 26.2 sticker on their car window. Good for you! Do I wish I was in good enough shape to run that many miles without stopping? Heck yes I do. But would I rather be in my kitchen mixing up some birthday buttercream and licking the spatula? Yes I would. 
So since you don't see me bashing your exercise habits, please don't bash my buttercream habit party planning. 

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