Seriously, unless you have ever thrown a birthday party for a kid, you have no real idea what you're getting yourself into. I had 18 kids in my house this weekend and it was all to help Jackson celebrate turning six. He has told me for months that he wants a minion party because the Despicable Me movies are his absolute favorite. Plus, he kind of sounds like a minion when he laughs so it's totally appropriate.
Friday ended up being a snow day here so Jackson was thrilled not to have school as a bonus birthday present. So while the kids ran around and did kid things, I baked his cake and cupcakes.
So our tradition for birthdays around here is two things: 1. Birthday person gets one gift on their birthday and 2. Birthday person gets to pick dinner.
After the kids went to bed, party central was constructed. Thank god I had Matt and Kate to help out otherwise I don't know if I could have pulled it off. I was exhausted between cleaning my house, party prep, baking, being a mom all day, shoveling the foot of snow/slush we got, fielding calls, answering emails and then trying to finish a book. But we totally did it.
Every kid kept telling Jackson and I that it was the best birthday party they had ever been to. Jackson was ridiculously excited, got a ton of great gifts, and had such a good time. I was exhausted but it's completely worth it. I don't know how many of these kid parties I have left in me, that's for sure. But I'm glad I can do this for my kids. I think I'm done doing them for Olivia. Her last "big" party was when she turned 6 so Jackson is done too. Instead, we invite a few friends over and maybe have a sleepover and movie night.
Again, another bittersweet milestone in parenting.