No judgements please! I am a good mom, but I loathe hosting huge birthday parties for my kids! They have become too obligatory and downright expensive. Don’t get me wrong. I have organized them in the past, complete with themes and favors galore, but somehow they just never go as planned. A child is always in tears, there’s never enough or too much food, and narrowing down the list is never easy. I fulfilled my “mom” duties over the years, but now that my kids are getting older and have established their special friends, extravagant “bounce parties” are unnecessary.
Instead of wrangling kids, I would prefer to take my girls and a few of their friends somewhere special, where they can create everlasting memories. I want their birthdays to be special and intimate, but most importantly meaningful.
I love researching and finding unique places, especially in the city. When I heard that American Girl opened a new location, complete with a hair, nail, and ear piercing salon for both girls and their dolls, Mia came to mind. I knew my very “girly” almost 7 year old would be in heaven if we celebrated her big day at the store. A day filled with all of her favorite things. Shopping, dolls, hair, nails, and earrings rank at the top of her list. She was ecstatic when I told her the plan. Never once did she hesitate when I said this meant no “kid” party. Our goddaughter Taylor’s birthday is in February, so we invited her and her mom along for the fun. A joint birthday celebration.
Mia woke up beaming with excitement. She put on her outfit (she picked it out a week prior) and securely strapped her doll in her case. She had our agenda all mapped out in her head and knew exactly what she wanted to buy with the gift cards she had collected. She was ready to go! Taylor and Mia were giddy the whole way in to the city. A little rain wouldn’t stop them from having a blast. First up was nails for the girls and their dolls. After letting their very glittery nails dry, we headed down to the cafe. Their birthday lunch was complete with high chairs for their dolls, goody bags, and a special cake. The most expensive lunch I have ever eaten (lol) but their happiness made it worth it.
The day culminated with hair for the girls and their dolls, ear piercing for Mia’s doll, and some shopping. The finished products were absolutely adorable. At the end of the day, Mia came over, wrapped her arms around me, and said, “thank you mommy, this was the best day ever.” Her acknowledgement and appreciation made it all worth it. My heart instantly melted. Mia and I will never forget this day!
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Some candid shots from Mia’s special day:
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