Ready to Celebrate Simply?

Recently I read about parents who spend thousands of dollars on their children’s birthday parties. Llamas, helicopter rides, visits from sports celebrities, or other extreme celebrations are things that neither I nor my bank account can muster. With five kids, we’d be in the poor house pretty quickly. And then, what would they expect for graduations and weddings?!

But, economics aside, it’s still pretty easy for me to get carried away, even if it’s only my time and effort (and that of my loved ones) that it costs me. Like the time I couldn’t find a dragon piñata for my son’s Knight in Shining Armor party? After hunting in every store in town, I stayed up late one night, gluing hundreds of tissue paper scales onto a long-necked dinosaur while my husband spray painted cardboard wings with real 14K gold. Yes, it was beautiful, but then they hacked it up with a stick.

Interested in reading more? I’m in Western New York Family Magazine this month. Go here for the rest of the story.

Related: Don’t forget my Birthday Cake Round Up on January 29th! Spread the word!

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  1. Meredith@MerchantShips says:

    A woman after my own heart!

  2. Llamas!!! I knew I could have thrown better birthday parties for my children.

  3. Mommy Kerrie says:

    FishMama, I swear when I see most of your articles in pubs all over the country that I think “I had that same idea and I totally agree.” Congrats on being published so many times … you are totally my mentor, whether you want to be or not! We’ll have to trade secrets sometime!

  4. Mommy Kerrie says:

    one more thing: i’m working on a piece about how annoying goodie bags are! WHO started THAT trend?

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