Birthdays, Keeping it Simple!
Yesterday, we celebrated my sweet daughter, Savannah's ninth birthday. It was a simple birthday, nothing too fancy, but she enjoyed it and appreciated it's simplicity.
Last year we celebrated with a tea party. Then we dressed our horse and pony up with ribbons and bows and each young lady had a chance to ride the horse or pony and get her picture taken.
We also had a gift exchange, where every girl brought a gift with a $15.00 limit that pertained to a tea party. These gifts were numbered, then the girls drew a number to pick out a gift for themselves. So, all of the young ladies went home with a gift and party favors. I never liked the idea of everyone sitting around my child, watching her open gift after gift after gift! Not much fun for the others!
It was a very special birthday, but we only give a big party for each child once. Not only is it costly, but we believe having birthday parties every year or so makes the child unappreciative of the simple things in life. Celebrating her birthday into womanhood in the years to come would qualify for another party!
I planned a birthday menu around the wishes of the birthday girl. From chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, pizza for lunch to barbeque wings for dinner, she also requested a chocolate cake, of course!
We like to keep their presents at $50.00. There are special birthdays when this is higher, such as Savannah's birthday party last year. But, it makes for a simple, appreciative birthday where they aren't overwhelmed with so many gifts!
We ended the day in prayer, then each family member honored Savannah by commenting on what
they appreciated about her. What a peaceful ending to a peaceful day!
What do you do on your children's birthdays? Any sweet and simple ideas?