We didn't make him wait long to open his presents. Mariah got dress-ups at 3 years old. There haven't been too many days in the past 2 years that those dress-ups haven't been used. When friends come over they are pulled out every time and she is often seen wearing one around the house (even before 7:00 a.m.). Zach has started to be the same with his super hero capes. Every day, at some point, he's got them on. I figured it was time to add to his collection. They have already proven to be money well spent.
Two days later we celebrated again for Mariah. She's been waiting soooo long to be 5. The day finally arrived. She got Elsa and Anna everything (dress-ups included) and was giddy about it.
The following Saturday we had a 'Pancake and Pajama Party'. The entire idea was Mariah's. We got on Pinterest and my little party planner put together the entire thing with very few tweaks (and a lot of 'no's') from me. I started off making her pick a gender neutral theme for a joint party. Then I asked Zach who he wanted to invite. I first suggested Vance and he said 'no, what about Grayson' (Vance's older brother and MARIAH'S friend). Me: What about Sawyer? Zach: Maybe Saidy (the older sibling and MARIAH'S friend). Me: Graham? Zach: Maera? (older sister)...you get the point. Basically all the kids his age are still pushing, hitting, and taking toys and he has much more fun with the older kids who, well, play better. The only name he came up with was Josh who is still older but has no older sibling. At this point I decided it was dumb to do a joint party if all he wanted was Mariah's friends so to make it easier I just stated "no presents" on the invitations so that he wasn't left out and we proceeded to have an all girls party despite the "gender neutral" theme...Maybe next year it wont look like I have a favorite child this time of year.
Onto the Party:
|Fruit Loop necklaces|
|Painting pillow cases|
|The party favors|
|The birthday cake pancakes (made with cake batter and frosting)|
|Making pancakes and being an awesome dad with his "real" pj's and all|
|See what I mean about being awesome? This produced A LOT of giggles|
|They both loved it and I loved how simple it was|
|Happy Birthday to my two kiddos. They seriously are the best and make my life so much better and a lot harder all at the same time. I wouldn't change it. Not even for a second.|