Low-Key Birthdays

Two weekends in a row we celebrated Miss M’s birthday. One Saturday for the family, the next for friends. We had the family party here. I do not decorate a lot or try to spend a lot of money for birthday parties. Although I enjoy looking at the gorgeous photos that people post from their children’s parties, that is not me. Case in point, here is a photo from Miss M’s family party:

As you can see, our decorations consisted of one “Happy Birthday” sign (purchased from the Dollar Store about three birthdays ago) and one Party City balloon with the word “Rock” on both sides and a picture of a guitar on one, and a skull and crossbones on the other. Yep. Keeping it classy. Miss M picked out the balloon. It is our one extravagance for their family party.

We served pizza (takeout/Aurelio’s), soda (to be poured by yourself from the 2 liter bottles in the fridge), salad (freshly prepared by J) and dessert. J and M made an awesome Kit-Kat Cake that turned out so good:

Doesn’t that look fancy? It is really SO easy! Miss M enjoyed putting the M and M’s on top.

So there you have it. Low-key decorating/partying on the cheap. In our family (and I am sure in yours as well) our focus is on the gathering of people to celebrate another’s day of birth. I try to keep that in my focus and not get too consumed by having a perfect house with lots of decorations. I appreciate it when others do it but for me this is enough. And that is all good.

How do you do birthdays? I will talk about Miss M’s kid party soon.


  1. Loving the cake (and seriously, that is the most important part)!!! Happy Birthday M!! Hope this year is fabulous!

  2. When I was a kid, we (at least in our house) only had family birthday parties…and it was cake and ice cream only. I think my brother and I once shared a small McDonald’s party…and I don’t remember anything special from that. I think being with your family and other loved ones is most important.

  3. Looks sweet. 🙂 We usually do low-key in our house. LE hasn’t ever had a party more than our immediate family. John’s birthday is this Thursday, and I still don’t know if we’re going to even have a cake. This year we’re going to do a party for LE, though, but I doubt that’ll be the norm moving forward. I’m just having fun thinking of inexpensive ways to plan it, and I know she’ll be able to understand what a birthday is this year (as opposed to when she was 1 and 2). She’ll get to invite 3 friends since she’s turning 3, and I’m sure their siblings and parents will stick around.

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