Ideas for Birthday Parties

I pride myself on doing Pinterest-worthy birthdays before Pinterest existed. From fun adventure-themed parties to a pink and white extravaganza, my kids’ birthday party themes have always been ever so slightly over the top.

Fine, they’ve been more than slightly over the top.

But this year, I’m stumped.

I’d hoped after last year’s Jedi party complete with Chewbacca, Darth Vadar, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Jedi training camp, we could do something simpler this year. Something that didn’t have me up until the wee hours of the morning sewing Jedi robes.

Something like a camping themed party with a few close friends sleeping over in a tent in the back yard. I envisioned S’mores on a stick, hot dogs, head lamps, giggling little boys, and less work for Mama.

I broached the topic with Joseph and he said, “Yeah. I think that’s a great idea. It can be a Minecraft Camping Party.”

I hemmed and hawed and said something about needing to pick a single theme while my stomach sank.


I have no clue as to what to do for Minecraft. I have yet to download it. Unlike Plants vs. Zombies, Angry Birds, Legos, Star Wars, or even hiking, I know nothing more than the fact that the Don’t Mine at Night parody of Katy Perry’s Friday Night gets stuck in my head and won’t leave.

I went to Pinterest and did a search.

Of course there were loads of ideas.

Loads of very extensive, very complicated, very stay up until the wee hours ideas.

I have six weeks. I think I need to figure out how to sell this camping idea. Or maybe a pizza party . . .

Do you go overboard with your kids’ birthdays?