Low-Key Kids Birthday Party

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It’s hard to believe my oldest son is now 8 years old. Gone are the days of me planning big parties where I invite all my friends and their kids to my son’s birthday. This year, my son wanted to just invite his closest friends from school. I put a cap on just 8 friends, since he was turning 8 years old. And it was a blast. We just did a low-key party at home  because I’m so done with the crazy parties with over-the-top games, themes, goody bags. I just wanted something simple, while my son just wanted a few hours to play with his friends. It was like a playdate with a birthday cake.

And it was probably one of the  most relaxing parties we’ve ever done. But we had a few kids keep asking us what else we were going to do. When I replied with, “Well, you can play outside or build Legos,” one of the kids said, “That’s so boring!” He said it over and over throughout the day – and I admit I was happy to send him home when his parents picked him up. Luckily, my kids were content just playing with their friends.

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The only thing I did splurge on was the cake from Whole Foods. It was $38 for a 1/4 sheet cake with a custom ninja design (he loves Lego Ninjago). I think it was well worth it because they don’t use artificial dyes, sweeteners or ingredients. And really, if I went to the neighborhood grocery store, I’d still be spending at least $25 on a cake like this. So for a few bucks we got this amazing work of art. This was a chocolate mousse – and the kids loved it. I’m not a chocolate fan. But we have ordered a white cake with fruit filling and that was delicious.

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Anyone else going low key for birthdays this year? I’d love to hear your plans.

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