Sunday, July 7, 2013

Planning for Zoe's #4


My little Zoe bug turns 4 next month.  I can't believe she's already such a big girl.  

She has a pretty special birthday....she was born on my 23rd birthday!  And as if that wasn't cool enough, I was born on my dad's 23rd birthday!  I'm totally not kidding.  3 generations, all one birthday, 23 years apart.  It's pretty amazing and special.  (She was born via csection, however the only reason they did it that day was because I was in labor...I was totally opposed to sharing a birthday up until that moment.)

Because we share a birthday, I feel a big responsibility to make it very special for her.  Growing up, there were years where my dad would get to choose the cake we shared or he'd get the choice of where we went for our birthday.  I think I had some birthday scars, to say the least!  I really want to Zoe to 1) experience the specialness of her birthday and 2) experience the specialness of sharing a birthday.  For me, at least right now, they almost have to be 2 separate things.  She needs a party all her own.  One where we sing just to her, decorate how she likes, eat what she wants.  That's important.  At the same time, we like to capitalize on all the "free birthday" places together.  It's fun to go to restaurants and ask for our free birthday pizookie or fudge or ice cream or whatever.  

Anywho, she and I sat down today to begin planning her big day.  She has chosen a tinkerbell theme.  Thank God for Pinterest...I don't know how people planned parties on their own 20 years ago.  Seems hard.  Tinkerbell posed a little issue for the sake of the boys at her party until I realized we could make them Peter Pan hats or Captain Hook bandanas, etc.  Score! 

We've got it all figured out and I'm going to get going on my budgeting and prep for the party now.  For those of you new to my blog, I aim to spend no more than $100 at each kids birthday party.  This includes food, favors, decor, games, etc.  I can't wait to show you all how this one turns out! 

Until then, here are a few that I've done in the past:


Ladybug Theme





Orange/Blue Boys Birthday

Train Themed

Superhero Theme
Somehow, I missed doing a post for Ellie's Rapunzel birthday last year :/  Hope these themes get you by until I post our Tinkerbell (Peter Pan) party details!

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