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We celebrated my little Will’s second birthday with a bash on Sunday. We reserved a park, ordered pizza and had a blast with more than 40 of our closest friends, family members and their kids. There were lots of balloons, games, food and homemade cupcakes by yours truly. My husband and I even put our handy work to the test with some homemade decorations. Everything turned out great, and everyone had a great time!
Is it a party for Will, or for us? It’s hard to tell, but that’s OK, right? I’ve learned that if I start planning his party far enough in advance, I can slowly pick up supplies as they go on sale, which helps keep the costs down. We even scaled the party down this year. Last year for his first birthday, the guest list was easily more than 50 people. But it was his first birthday. It’s supposed to be on the larger side.
Parties can get expensive, especially since it’s a great excuse to go overboard. I already have a theme in mind for his party next year, but at what age do you stop the extravagant birthday parties, if ever? When you have more than one kid, do you change your tune and tone it down with a handful of friends and a movie night in? Or do you just find less expensive alternatives so you can keep your guest list?