Most mums will celebrate their kids’ birthday with much fanfare.  In our family, only the 1st birthday is a bigger party to celebrate our kids’ first year’s milestone.  For all birthdays after that, we prefer to have a simple celebration with our close families, which often may seem more of a family gathering for the adults and fun play time for the young ones.
 
I am not a party person, but I love to organize and plan parties for the little ones.  I usually leave the food part to my husband, and activities part to myself.
 
Early this month, we held a simple birthday celebration for YH who turned 6 this year.  Prior to the celebration day, I printed a crown from picklebums for YH to decorate and wear on his birthday.  I printed a tiara for XX too, so that she can join in the fun.  Almost everything I do for one kid, I have to think for the other 🙂 
 
7 kids
 
The party started with a steamboat dinner fully prepared by my dear hubby, kel.  The kids sat on one small table and finished their food pretty fast, while the adults ate for a full 2 hours, eating and chatting away.  After the dinner, it was art and craft time!  All the kids (6 of them, including my XX and YH, the other 4 are their cousins) sat around 2 small tables and started making a turtle which they would be bringing back home. I gave them each an egg carton as the turtle’s shell.  One pompom and 2 eyes for the turtle’s head.  4 pipe cleaners for the turtle’s legs. And each a paint brush and paint to decorate the turtle’s shell. 
 
Making Turtles
 
YH painting turtle shell
 
Gluing the turtle legs
 
Voila!  Here’s the end product of the cute little turtles the 6 kids did!  Of course, I helped them along in gluing the pipe cleaner legs to the shell.  As some of the “legs” did not glue on properly, I used a stapler to do the job which I believe could better tolerate the kids’ rough playing of the turtles especially for the boys.
 
The turtles!!
 
While waiting for the turtles’ legs to dry, the kids played with Lego Duplo blocks.  After that, each kid went home with a small gift and the turtle they make.  But not before 2 birthday songs (one in English and one in Chinese) and a piece of KungFu Panda cake each.
 
Happy 6th Birthday YH 
 
Among the kids, the oldest is a 13 year-old teen and youngest is a 4 year-old kid.  I was glad that the teen (my beloved niece) joined in the art and craft and enjoyed painting her own turtle.  The youngest managed well with help from the older kids. 
 
This was a simple birthday celebration cum family gathering.  No fanfare, no wows, no rules, no stress.  Yet, I feel is the perfect celebration I wanted for everyone.  Relax and simple.  And then, there’s a Part 2 to the celebration.  On the actual day of YH’s birthday, he was treated to a SPECIAL day of fun with just kel and me and him.  No other kids.  So that all attention is to be showered on him and just him!
 
What’s your preferred style of family celebration?