Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Un-Birthday Party..Emily Edition

We are wrapping up our year of no birthday parties.  We decided this year, since we live in a teeny tiny home, that we would skip the birthday party..in the traditional sense.

Instead, I make the day super special for the birthday kid.  We tuck everyone in bed the night before...

Take out whatever decorations I got for them and turn the house into a party..... just for them.

They wake up (if they were able to sleep), and they discover the house has been transformed in their honor.
I always get a little project to do with the kids after they eat a chocolate brownie breakfast.

We unwrap presents IMMEDIATELY upon awakening

And spend the rest of the day doing whatever the birthday baby wants to do. 

And this year Emily wanted to go to lunch with mama and daddy, then go shopping with mama and Molly.

I have loved each birthday we celebrated this year..this way. It really feels special to focus on the birthday girl..all for her...whatever she wants. We may repeat this next year.  I love getting them to myself on these special days.  I know they won't last forever.


  1. That is such a great idea! And such a special day. My daughter is turning 1 in a couple of weeks so I've been reminiscing about the day she was born a lot lately. I would give anything to rewind and do it all over again :)

  2. Yes, great idea! We might do the same!
    Love your blog!

  3. It looks like she had a great day. :) How old did Emily turn? My middle boy turns 8 today so we'll be having a family celebration later today.

  4. That is SUCH AN INCREDIBLE idea! I LOVE it and can't wait to celebrate my children's special days too! I think this is something special for each child and something that they won't forget! Thank you for sharing!

  5. What a wonderful and meaningful tradition!

  6. Happy birthday, Emily! One question, Lisa. . .was this a "clothing optional" party?

    You're a better woman than I . . . we're having a birthday here tomorrow (Peter's 12th). Both William and Peter already got their annual present which is a trip to Notre Dame for a football game. I have planned 3 birthday meals of choice (medieval theme--utensils optional), but, alas, no presents since the gift he's getting from his siblings hasn't arrived. This afternoon, he said, "Couldn't you just get a 'little something' so it at least seems like a birthday?" (Gulp. OK, I will.)

    My just turned 14yo Big Man William was very upset last week on his birthday because I didn't put candles on his cake, and then let everyone go ahead and eat cake while he was on the phone with a friend. Bad mama!! What's more, I only had 4 candles in the house so I got the others out of bed, put 10 matches plus 4 candles in the (half) cake, lit the inferno and we all sang Happy Birthday. I think the absurdity of it all helped him forgive me for my terrible faux pas.


  7. I think I've commented here once or twice... I really enjoy your pictures when I visit. My kids have had parties over the years, but for the most part, we have handled them just as you described above. A special friend might be included, but that's usually it. I enjoy your blog! +JMJ+

  8. What a fun and special way to celebrate! I really love this idea! In our circle of friends, some of the parties are so extravagant that they're ridiculous to me. The focus should be on the child and that's just what you've done. Love it!

  9. She looks so happy! Priceless:)

  10. I'm not sure exactly what it was that struck me so, but I found myself in tears (of joy, I believe) midway through this post. I think it was the picture of sweet innocence holding her freckled doll and beaming ear to ear. Lisa, you are most definitely doing so many things right!

  11. What a wonderful idea!
    She looks like one happy un-birthday girl!
    Enjoy the night

  12. What an amazing idea! You sound like a wonderful mommy. :)

  13. What a great way to celebrate their birthdays!
    Happy Birthday to her! She's beautiful.

  14. Well, you are another year older find more
    and you haven't changed a bit. That's great because you are perfect just the way you are. Happy Birthday.