Oh the Joy of Birthdays! #birthdayscount
I love celebrating birthdays, especially for children how about you?
Call me crazy but I love planning birthday parties and events for my family, especially for my daughter who turns 14 next month (September). There’s just something about the joy you see on children’s faces when you bring that birthday cake or cupcakes in front them lit with candles, when they open their presents and all the fun they have with their friends. They are truly moments of joy and as a parent I love watching them happen and knowing I helped to make it happen.
My daughter the one being held and her friends for her spa party 🙂
The funny thing is growing up I only had a few birthday parties with friends, usually it was a family celebration. Don’t get me wrong though I never once felt I was missing out on something, I always enjoyed being spoiled by family on what I considered my special day. However, my daughter since she was just a toddler she would squeal with delight and not be able to sleep the night before in anticipation of all her friends coming over for her birthday party. So whether it was the professional event planner in me or just being a mom I really got into planning her parties and coming up with fun ideas and themes for the kids.
Memory board for one of her parties for everyone to sign (see further down for the finished board)
Whether I’ve had a company come in and do a spa birthday party for my daughter or keeping it simple and having a birthday movie night it all takes energy. Sometimes it’s just finding the time to go and buy the paper plates to ordering or making the cakes, we need some energy to get things moving along. However it’s all worth it as I think birthdays are important to celebrate whether it’s an intimate gathering with your family or a fun kid’s birthday party. It seems to that according to the 2015 Enbridge Birthday survey 80% of Canadians agree that with life getting more complicated it’s even more important to celebrate life’s simple moments, like a birthday!
Can you guess what the theme was for this birthday? Animal lovers unite LOL the cupcakes were very tasty for my daughter’s 12th birthday party.
I found the following results interesting too and for me having a birthday cake (or cupcakes is a must 🙂 )
The most important birthday tradition to Canadians is the birthday cake and candles (29%). Rounding out the top five were:
- Having food/meal with family (18%)
- Food/dinner/eating out (16%)
- Birthday wishes/singing happy birthday/phone call (6%)
- Being with friends (5%)
In fact most (63%) of Canadians think that having a cake makes your birthday more special, I’d have to agree.
Life does take energy but it’s totally worth celebrating those moments. Check out this wonderful video from Enbridge.
No matter how much energy and time I’ve put into birthday planning, we’ve always had fun and to me that’s what counts, it’s a time for making memories, spending time with family and friends and just celebrating.
Here are some of our favourite birthday party ideas
Keep it simple or go elaborate it’s up to you just have some birthday fun, there’s always lots of smiles and cake to go around 🙂
“Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Enbridge and I received. Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”