I absolutely love parties!  As I’ve mentioned many a time before, birthdays are big in our family and in my opinion, what better way to spend your special day than by having a party.

We’ve had a party every year for our kids and when I say party, let me just clarify…I’m not talking massive parties with caterers, expensive venues and personalised invitations, although having said that, those people can do that, good for them, I’m not judging at all!  Over the last 7 years, I’ve done the following;-

  • Ethan’s 1st birthday:  party at home with 4 kids, 2 of which were his cousins.  I made a little worm cake myself, bought 5 balloons, 5 matching paper plates and cups, and had a small little blow up pool that the littlies could cool themselves down in.
  • Ethan’s 2nd birthday:  Spur!
  • Ethan’s 3rd birthday:  Spur!!
  • Ethan’s 4th birthday, Riley’s 1st:  Spur!!! (can you tell how much I love Spur, hahahahaha)
  • Ethan’s 5th birthday, Riley’s 2nd:  we hired a venue close to home, The Yard, because it was Ethan’s crown birthday and we wanted to make the party extra special.  We did two platters for the adults, my mum made the boys’ cakes, and we had a few sweeties and chips for the kids.
  • Ethan’s 6th birthday, Riley’s 3rd:  Ethan had a movie evening with 5 friends from school – I made hotdogs for dinner followed by popcorn and cooldrink…no party packs, no cake!  Riley had his party at…Spur 🙂
  • Ethan’s 7th birthday, Riley’s 4th:  Ethan had a party with a few friends at the bike park, Riley had his party at…SPUR!!!

A friend asked me last year whether I wasn’t tired of parties at the Spur.  WHY??!!!!  It’s perfect.  You pay for a kids package which includes a kids meal, drink, party pack and ice-cream.  Order either platters or a few starters for the adults to share, depending on the number of people who attend, and pay for whatever they’re drinking.  Being a kiddies party, in our experience, adults don’t go overboard on the drinking.  One or two drinks and that’s it!  The highlight of course is that the kids get to play and play and play to their heart’s content ❤  You leave once the party’s done, and you don’t have to worry about cleaning up yourself.

And then the cherry on top for the kids when they have parties…they get oodles of gifts from their friends and not only are they made to feel special at the actual party, but they get super spoilt with the gifts from their friends.

Ethan’s best friend doesn’t have birthday parties.  His parents think that it’s better to save the money and buy an expensive/large gift for their child instead of blowing it on a party.

In my opinion, they outgrow their toys so quickly and after a few weeks/months (sometimes even days!), that toy is anyway just put in a corner with other toys and that’s it!  I guess for me, it’s a thing of experience (the party) over material (the toy) and experience wins in this case.

Also, I don’t usually buy gifts for any kids unless we’re invited to a party.  So all I was thinking about this weekend was how this child probably only got one gift from his parents and nobody else!

What do you think?  Birthday parties or not?!

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12 responses »

  1. halberts2014 says:

    We love a party and I’m all for having it at a venue where I don’t have to clean up, LOL. We’ve never done a Spur party though. I’m also all for getting someone else to do the catering and cakes. I’m sorry, but I don’t know where people who do it themselves get the time. I love my sleep too much and you won’t see me up at 10pm icing a cake. The one year I did do it myself, I had to take the day off work! Call me lazy, but I’ll pay for people to do that for me, but we are lucky in the fact that we only have 1 kid and so we probably have more cash than most 😉
    I also feel for the kid who doesn’t have a party. Shame, not even one? It doesn’t have to be huge, even just 5 kids at the Spur or something.
    Like you I don’t buy presents unless we are invited to the party. I usually give money or a voucher as a gift because I don’t know what the kid has or wants or perhaps is saving up for.

    • Jodie says:

      The mum actually did end up giving the kids a plate of little sweeties and there was a cake, but they didn’t sing of anything. They’ve never had a party though and he’s 8!

      • halberts2014 says:

        Shame, bless him. But, I suppose different strokes for different folks 😉
        We’ve had, in years of age:-
        1 – Barney (of course)
        2 – Cars (Lightning McQueen)
        3 – Thomas & Friends
        4 – How to Train Your Dragon
        5 – Bob The Builder
        6 – Batman
        7 – Experi-buddies (science experiments) – This one we had at home
        8 – Animals in Wonderland (touching snakes and stuff, eeeuw)
        9 – Star Wars (laser tag party)
        Liam chooses the theme and I always take a picture of the cake as a reminder.

      • Jodie says:

        Some creative themes there Liam 🙂

  2. I am so bad at making birthdays special. We do something for the kids every year but I am such a ‘last minute larry’. This year hopefully things will turn around. Maxx’s birthday is in 2 months but he will have something small as he had a big-ish birthday at the brass bell last year. Cole is is 11 and has never had a party with school friends so we are definitely planning something big this year. Luckily Cole’s birthday is only in October so I still have a while to go there. Thanks for the motivation. xx

  3. debraaukett says:

    I love making my kids birthdays extra special with parties. So I’m definitely throwing them as we go along. I like to do everything myself, but I love baking and making food so tend to go to a venue and self cater. Our house is a little too small for parties as you’ve seen…
    Nothing wrong with Spur parties, my kids are out of their skins every time they hear they’re going to the Spur! Think we might just do a Spur party for Jamie this year…although he begged for paintball, so we’ll see.

  4. MamaCat says:

    I love birthday parties. I love celebrating my own too. We missed 2 years with HB, because he every sick. I love doing stuff myself. I like crafting and planning and the cake. Last year was our first Spur party, and it is such a breeze. I think Spur was the favourite with HB, but I did miss an the theming and planning, but I did not miss the hard work.

    • Jodie says:

      I used to absolutely love mine as well but it’s changed over the last year or two. Not sure why. Did you ever show us the concert stuff btw – you’ve been very quiet!

      • MamaCat says:

        No, concert stuff yet, because we were not allowed to take photos, and the school still has to dish out photos to parents. Just don’t have anything to write about?

      • Jodie says:

        Oh no – would have loved to see your handywork! Well, we’ll hear from you when you DO have something 🙂 Hope all’s well on your side and that this year will be a good one for you and your family xxx

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