Kaitlynn’s 13th Birthday Celebration

As a result of the time our kids have been little, we’ve in no way made it a daily apply to always have a birthday celebration with mates on their birthdays. We do varied issues each birthday, relying upon what they resolve they’d most have the benefit of that yr.

Usually, we’ll do an experience current and all do one factor collectively as a family. Totally different years, we’ll merely have a straightforward dinner out as a family and presents. Usually, they’ve had a celebration with extended family. And customarily, they’ve a celebration with mates.

Whereas traditions are good, altering points up yearly relying upon what the child is most keen about retains points satisfying and engaging.

Why We’ve Had Our Children Plan Their Private Occasions

On the years that the youngsters have decided to do a pal celebration, they’ve deliberate their very personal occasions themselves — they normally’ve had a blast doing it! We always give attention to ahead of time what they’re contemplating as far as who they’ll invite, what they want to do, and after they want to do it. After which I’ve them create a customer document, make an itinerary for the event, resolve what meals they want to eat, and create a list of what they need to buy/make/have accessible.

Not solely have our kids appreciated being in command of the planning of their occasions, it moreover teaches them good life talents on strategies to suppose through, arrange, and execute an event. Plus, they seem to have the benefit of it far more since they’ve been so involved in your entire course of.

And, in any case, I always give them a funds to work with!

Kaitlynn’s 13th Birthday Celebration

Months up to now, Kaitlynn requested if she might need a pal birthday celebration for her 13th birthday. I had acknowledged positive — after which COVID-19 occurred and all of the issues shut down. She was so sad that it might impact her birthday celebration plans that she had been engaged on and talking about for a few months.

Gratefully, our house opened once more up as soon as extra the month of her birthday and her mates’ dad and mother felt cosy with having their women come to a small celebration at our dwelling. I was so grateful as our kids (as all kids) have needed to give up so much this yr.

Proper right here’s a little bit of peek into the celebration Kaitlynn dreamed up, deliberate, and executed practically completely all on her private — for decrease than $200!


She used some objects we already had spherical the house, plenty of balloons, after which a few objects she obtained from Dollar Tree and Amazon. The proper half regarding the decorations was that almost all of them (along with the Utterly joyful Birthday Balloon banner) could be utilized as soon as extra!

Video video games

Kaitlynn decided to keep up it straightforward and easily plan one sport. From what I understand, she made this sport up.

She bought a variety of hair gear from Amazon/Dollar Tree and she or he put them in baskets. Then she had the women draw names to pair up they normally had 30 seconds to collect as many gear as they could.

Each pair of girls went into separate rooms and she or he gave them 7 minutes to offer you and restore particular person of their pair’s hair in most likely probably the most creative hair sort they could think about.

Then, all of us convened once more within the lounge to level out off the hair creations. It was pretty humorous and truly spectacular what people received right here up with. The game was a hit with all the women.


In typical Kaitlynn type, she spent hours combing through Pinterest to offer you the appropriate unfold of meals. 🙂

She modified the menu quite a lot of events inside the weeks foremost as a lot because the celebration, nevertheless a few days sooner than, she lastly settled on: Chocolate Croissants (she bought these after which drizzled chocolate on them), Jell-O stuffed Lemon Peels, Mini Pancakes, Fruit Skewers, and Rose Lemonade.

She made all of the meals herself and as well as prepare the unfold all on her private. I was so impressed with the way in which it turned out — and as well as that she found how to make sure all of the issues was ready on the an identical time and that they kitchen was cleaned up, too. (That’s a potential I’m nonetheless engaged on perfecting myself!)

I appreciated seeing her uncover so much pleasure in putting the meals collectively and making all of the issues so pretty!

Image Gross sales house

Kaitlynn prepare {a photograph} gross sales house upstairs full with Polaroid cameras. Then she had string and little clothespins for the women to carry up their pictures after they took them.

Of the entire points on the celebration, this will likely more and more have been crucial hit. They spent a LONG time taking photographs and laughing and arising with utterly completely different image groupings to do.

The proper half about this was that after the celebration, Kaitlynn had all these satisfying pictures to remember the day with!

Reward Sacks

Kaitlynn put collectively a gift sack for each lady to take residence (she loves giving and receiving presents — it’s her love language!). The current sacks had a face masks (an expensive one she had gotten on a really excellent sale the month sooner than!), hair merchandise, and completely different satisfying girly points in them.

The celebration ended up being an infinite success. It was so thrilling for me as a mom to take a look at my daughter work so laborious to plan and put collectively for it and to see all of it come collectively and for the women to have such an excellent time collectively. I sat inside the completely different room merely listening to them converse and chuckle collectively and it stuffed my coronary coronary heart up so full!

Moreover, I really feel Kaitlynn may have to do additional event planning ultimately as she did an unimaginable job of it!