By Julie Cole
March is birthday month in my life. March brings birthdays for both me and Mabel’s Labels. I also have a daughter with a birthday this month.
I recently had a parent ask if I had any birthday party activity suggestions. Just thinking about the question exhausted me. In my 15 years of parenthood, I have had countless birthday parties.
Actually, it’s not countles—just adding up my children’s ages tells me that by the end of March, I will have hosted 63 children’s birthday parties. It’s no wonder I suffer from a bit of birthday party fatigue.
We’ve done it all—bowling, indoor playgrounds, parks, magicians, reptile guys, musical chairs and the list goes on. Any way you slice it, at this point in my birthday-party-throwing career, the novelty has long worn off.
This can help you appreciate that six birthday parties a year is a big ask for someone who does not get inspired by Pinterest and has never baked a cake. Birthday-party fatigue started kicking in seven years ago after my fifth child was born. Since then I have simplified things.
Here’s my survival strategy:
Go on, do the math. How many birthday parties have you hosted? Some mamas LOVE kids’ birthday parties and some are “meh.” Where do you fall on the birthday fatigue spectrum?
Julie Cole is the co-founder of Mabel's Labels and the proud mother of six kids.