And yet, I can’t avoid events entirely. There are certain events, that in my case, arrive five times a year.
So I attempt to embrace my imperfections and simplify when I can.
I want to make my family feel adored, special, spectacular even on those special days. And yet, elaborate cakes and parties aren’t my talent.
So we do a sheet cake that they decorate themselves, unless Justin’s feeling creative (he’s been known to do a pirate ship and a tank in the past- whereas I refuse to spend more than 30 minutes on something people are just going to eat.)
And… the past couple of years we play this game – just with our family on the person’s birthday night-“The birthday game” “Birthday Trivia” it doesn’t really have a name.
1. Make up 4-5 categories that relate to the birthday person. It can be about them or about things they like. In the past we’ve used:
You get the idea.
2. Make up 4-5 questions for each category and assign a point value to them. Often I don’t even know what the answer will be. The birthday person will be on hand to make sure everything is correct.
3. Divide into 2 teams.
4. Take turns picking categories and answering questions.
Fancy handwriting and embellishments – optional.
We rarely worry too much about score.
We get to learn new things about someone we love.
And it takes approximately twenty minutes tops to prepare.
And in case you were feeling bad for my kids, we do do friend birthday parties every other year 🙂