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Planning the ‘impromptu’ birthday party

Posted by on January 9, 2013 – 7:11 am
Grab a few cupcakes and make a party by taking them to the neighborhood park to celebrate a birthday. No extra planning needed!

Grab a few cupcakes and make a party by taking them to the neighborhood park to celebrate a birthday. No extra planning needed!

We recently celebrated my daughter’s birthday with an “unplanned” party. It wasn’t completely unplanned, but as parties go, it was fairly easy to put together. I took a page from a previous year when we did the same thing for my son.

While we always celebrate birthdays in our home, they infrequently include formal “parties.” Every year, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents come over for cake and ice cream. But as far as including friends, we’ve taken different approaches – from calling a few the week of to come over for a small celebration to taking one or two with us to a movie.

My idea of an “unplanned” party is fairly simple: get a few cupcakes or a cake and let the neighbor kids know when they’ll be at the park and let them know welcome to join us. That’s it. No gifts to exchange. No games to plan.

Since I know nearly the entire neighborhood (and have parents’ phone numbers), it was easy for me to check with everyone to make sure they could have cake in the afternoon. (My daughter did invite a few other friends, too.)

Of course, with an “unplanned” party there’s the idea that quick adjustments may need to be made. For example, right before we went outside my daughter decided to dress up as Princess Leia. Luckily, I had enough white T-shirts for all the girls who also wanted to be in costume. And I had enough hair clips to do half a dozen hair buns!

My daughter enjoyed our “unplanned” party because so many of her friends were there. I enjoyed it because it didn’t take much planning and there was minimal clean up. The best part was that a few neighborhood friends drew pictures and cards for my daughter, who was completely surprised by their gifts.

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