See how well they get along? Maybe they would think a joint birthday party was cool.
Lately, life has seemed extra busy. So busy, that I completely forgot Jonah's birthday is less than a month away and I have no plans for the little guy. Emma's birthday is also coming up, just a month apart from Jonah's. Ugh, I don't mean to sound like a party pooper, who doesn't want to celebrate my children's birthdays because I do... but two birthday parties in two months just feels like a lot. It hasn't been a problem in the past because both kids were still young and we mostly just had separate family birthday parties for each. The problem now is that both Jonah and Emma want a party. Both are old enough to have friends (well sort of) and both are old enough to understand, whine, and complain if one kid gets a party, a fun friend kind of party that is, and one doesn't.
Since Jonah and Emma also have a lot of the same friends, I thought if I were to send out a party invite in October and another invite for Emma in November it would be a bit much for the parents of their friends to take time out of two months in a row for Nalder birthday parties. So after some thought, it seemed much more reasonable to throw one combined birthday party with friends. I asked what some of my family thought of the idea and I was surprised at the opinions the topic generated.
My sister Cristin, so far, is the only one who has advised me against a joint party. She says that if I throw them one party, no one will want to come, and no one will want to bring two gifts for two kids. Which leads me to another question: How do you go about gifts at a combined sibling party?
Unless the invitation specifies no gifts, will the parents be self-conscious about spending less on each child then they might if it were a party for one kid? Or feel as though they are required to spend more, or bring one gift for both siblings? Wich doesn't bother me at all, I even thought of saying no gifts please, but my other sister Kelley shot that down and said that it's a little kids party and you want people to be able to give them gifts. She also said I need to make two cakes. Really!? Oh so many choices!
So many questions are running through my head. Do we sing the Happy Birthday Song twice? Do we light the candles twice? What will the theme of the party be? Do I make pink and blue cupcakes? After pondering on this topic I thought I would try and Google "combined sibling birthday party" and see what inspiration I would get.
I found the following images:
The first picture I found was this card, which is very cute. Makes me excited for so many cute invite ideas I could come up with for Jonah and Emma.
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Then I saw this next picture and thought it was interesting how the parents stuck candles on each end of the cake. I just can't tell if these siblings are happy or disappointed. They both look a bit confused.
photo credit here.
Oh what to do, what to do. So what do you guys think? Do you think this is a good idea, or each child deserves their own celebration? Should I give it a try? Have any of you ever attended one? Ever had one? Plan to have one?