One of the best ways to celebrate birthday


So I’m not going to lie… I’m still recovering from Emmalyn’s First Birthday I posted about yesterday. That was my FIRST and probably LAST big party for awhile. lol! I decided 1,8, 12 and 16 will be the BIG Birthdays I throw. For the other years we’re keeping it simple. And do you know what? I think I prefer the simple way to celebrate birthdays. :)

This year my son celebrated his third birthday! I asked my face book friends (here) when the terrible two’s would be over and you all said 3 is much worse. “Bring you to your Knees 3’s”,  “torrential threes”, “horrible 3’s”, “tantrum 3’s”, “defiant threes”, and ” tyrannical threes” are some of the answers that I got. How can it get worse than this and this?  I’m doomed. ;)




I want my kids to feel *EXTRA* special on their birthdays.  This year I decided I would start the tradition of taping streamers to the door and filling the ground with balloons. My son LOVED the balloons! He was thrilled when he saw them and played with them all day long. Cheap entertainment I tell ya’!


He even carried EVERY-single-balloon out to the trampoline. He jumped with those balloons for a good hour and didn’t even stop for a cupcake.

This was our convo…

ME: Carson will you take a picture holding your Birthday cupcake?

Carson: la la la.. not even paying attention

ME: Do you want to EAT a cupcake?

Carson: Grabs the cupcake and gives me a cheesy grin… then hands back the cupcake. {Shocker!}

ME: Thanks!

Carson: Continues jumping while I take some pictures of the cupcakes. What a mom-blogger! ;)

Later that afternoon we headed to grammas and papas house to celebrate birthday time! We had pizza, roasted giant marshmallows and did some hot tubbing! Carson said he had the BEST Birthday!


See sometimes simple is better… and just so you know… those easy cupcakes were made with confetti cake! All I did was frost the tops, roll the sides in sprinkles, put a life saver on top and stuck a candle in the middle. Thanks Pillsbury for the great idea! I thought they turned out so cute!

So there you have

it… one of the best ways to celebrate a birthday! Balloons, cupcakes and family!

What’s your favorite way to celebrate?

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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10 comments on “One of the best ways to celebrate birthday”

  1. That is way cute!!!! I’m 27 and I think I would be chuffed if I woke up to a stack of balloons!!!!

  2. My kids get a party every year. They choose the theme (sometimes with a little guidance). Over the years, I’ve learned to simplify by getting them more involved. This is easier as they get older.

    A couple of tricks I’ve learned are to limit the number of guests and the length of the party. When they were little, it mostly a party of family. When they were old enough to choose guests, they could invite as many as the year they were turning. If they were turning five, they could invite five friends.

    I kept parties to about an hour and a half until they were six or seven, then it’s two hours until they are teenagers. I rarely serve a meal as part of the party and the refreshments is usually just the cake.

  3. We have birthday week at our house! The house gets decorated with balloons and streamers. We do fun things that the birthday boy/girl likes all week. And I make whatever cake they request…blue elephants, a snake holding a light saber…anything! I love birthdays!! :0)

  4. I love the streamer idea. I will definitely steal this one.

  5. I love the streamer & balloon idea! I think my boys would love it too! Thanks for sharing!

  6. These pictures are all so sweet! It looks like he had so much fun. Great ideas!


  7. I love to make them feel so special; their own special meals, lots of family, a party – Balloons. I also do the balloon thing in the am (actually blogged about it 2 weeks ago) and I smother them with kisses and Happy Birthdays!!!!

  8. So simple yet cute and I’m sure he felt super special! First birthday’s are the big ones (along with the others you mentioned). Other than that, simple is better. Kids are usually easily appeased anyway so when they are 3, 4, 5 etc I doubt they’ll remember or care if they had a huge party every year or not. All you need is some balloons and sugar and they’re happy! I hope 3’s are better than 2’s for ya ;)

  9. What a fun way to celebrate! I love the picture of him with his cupcake LOL too cute. Do you mind if I ask where oh where you got that fabulous trampoline? I love how small it is and the net around it!

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