We once again paid Michaela to not have a friend birthday party- an arrangement that we are both thrilled with- and Alec is not quite ready to have a birthday party as he can barely name any of the kids he plays with at school. But we had a blowout family party for both of them with friends and relatives and great Italian food for everyone. It is one of my favorite events of the year... having everyone close at hand, laughing and playing and talking and eating. Because it is hard to find party themes that would be agreed upon by a 12 year old girl and 4 year old boy, I went with a Halloween/ black and orange theme, mostly because we've already done SpongeBob parties about three times.
Alec had a party in his preschool classroom and like his sister Jenna gave me very specific instructions about the cupcakes and decorations. He got to wear his yellow crown all day and seemed to enjoy his school party.
For gifts, Alec asked for Legos, Legos and more Legos and was pleased with his haul.
Michaela is in middle school so school cupcakes were out of the question but since she had confirmation class that night I made cupcakes for her confirmation class.
Michaela asked for a Pandora bracelet and a birthstone charm and we were happy to get one for her. They are so pretty and a great personal gift.
My mom had little birthday celebrations with presents and cake at her house for each birthday child. My kids love these mini-parties because she always gets them great stuff and makes them feel special!
All in all, we enjoyed great celebrations of two great kids!