I definitely have birthdays on the brain. I have three yearbook clients celebrating their 1st birthday next month and we are still in the thick of Birthday Season in this household. Every summer there is a two-week period where everyone in this house has a birthday. From oldest to youngest I am first, then James, and Chloe brings up the rear. I love it because sometimes we take our vacation during this time or really we just schedule a lot of family time.
Does planning your child’s birthday party make you want to bang your head against a wall? I am currently planning her 7th and I am so behind. I am actually writing this blog post so that I have something to refer back to next year. Totally selfish, I know.
Let me be upfront because anyone who has ever seen pictures of my house or actually been INSIDE my house knows I will never host a home party. Ever. There is just no space for anyone, so I only consider off-site parties. There is such a wide variety in what each kid-friendly location offers, but here are a few major questions to consider when deciding.
Whether or not you create the list first or pick the location at the start will depend on your priorities. If you know will have a large number of attendees you may need to eliminate several places in your area that cannot accommodate a large 30+ person party.
The first year of parenthood we actually had two parties for Chloe. The first was in Texas and included long-time friends/family. We booked The Little Gym and I hired a photographer to make sure I didn’t have to pick up a camera. Love the pictures we received and the entire party was stress-free. The games we played were great for the wide range of kids in attendance (1-9 years old) and absolutely no setup or cleanup required. AWESOME. Her second party was for friends here in Colorado at a local park, a much smaller affair.
Her 2nd, 3rd, and 4th birthdays were extremely low-key and we had playdates instead of huge parties. She was allowed to pick the activities and where she wanted to eat after. I miss those days, for real. They did always involve balloons.
Her 5th birthday was her first friend birthday party, she insisted on Chuck E Cheese and invited her best friends from inside and outside school.
Did I miss anything about planning your child’s birthday party? Do you have a favorite location in Boulder – Denver I should add to my list? Please let me know.
Looking at options for your chid’s party in and around Boulder, Colorado? Check out the 1st birthday party I photographed at Anderson Farms in Erie, Colorado. High on my list for Chloe’s future birthday parties are Children’s Museum of Denver, Food Lab, and Extreme Altitude.