We had a party the Saturday after Ethan and Sienna’s birthday (which is the same day). It was a pretty eclectic party. I had a tablecloth that had different colors all over it, Winnie the Pooh plates and napkins, I used the same Thomas the Train birthday hats that we used last year for Ethan’s birthday, and I made a clownfish cake. Thankfully, at this age they don’t care if anything matches. :-)I tried to do the easiest cake I could do that would work for a boy and girl. Seven of their friends came over to celebrate. Sadly, Seth was sick so he couldn’t make it. Zsuzsi seemed to have a good time despite only speaking Hungarian, and Kata was too young to know the difference.I didn’t want to put a Thomas the Train hat on Sienna, but didn’t have time to cover it somehow, so she just didn’t wear a hat. We put a 3 on the cake and sang Happy Birthday to Ethan, and then we took it off and put a 1 on the cake and sang Happy Birthday to Sienna.All of the kids either ate the cake and frosting or just the frosting except Ethan (and Sienna, who had lunch instead of cake). Ethan said that he didn’t like the “orange stuff” (which was the frosting). It was too sweet for him. I was very excited about that since we’ve been trying not to give him sweets in hopes that he wouldn’t crave them and like real sweet stuff. So I cut the frosting off, and he ate the cake. I was one happy mother!
We asked people who came to the party not to bring any gifts. I think the kids are so young, they don’t know a difference at this point, and right now I don’t want them growing up thinking all that happens at a birthday party is that they get a bunch of stuff. Plus, it’s so hard on parents to always have to be buying gifts for someone’s birthday party. We planned to give them gifts from us and our families, which is plenty at this age. At some point we will do parties with gifts, but Ethan is so social, just having a party with kids was a great gift for him. He talked about this party for months and wanted everyone to come!So far we have given the kids one gift from us for their birthdays and one gift for Christmases. However, we did 2 this time. We got Ethan this little basketball to use with this small hoop that we got at a school rummage sale. He had been throwing other little balls in it and wanting to play with my regular basketball in the house (which we don’t let him do). So he loved having this small basketball.We gave Sienna these little plastic things that have bells inside of them. They were actually toys of Ethan that we took out of a box. When Ethan saw them, he said that he hadn’t seen them in a long time. We didn’t expect him to remember them.The other gift that we were so excited about was this kitchen set. I have asked around trying to buy a used one for over a year. I finally decided to ask a family again who told me no a year ago, and this time they said yes! Not only did they say yes, but they said that they had a shopping cart and lots of food, etc. to go with it, AND that we could have it all for free!It’s still a bit too big for Sienna, but Ethan enjoys playing with it. We put it in our kitchen, so the kids can cook while I am cooking. Ethan likes to keep all of the pots, pans, food, etc. in the shopping cart when he’s not playing with it.