So in the past we just have get togethers (no theme) in the yard with food and no gifts (we did the bring something for the SPCA
But DS has been to a few big parties (back story here)
as his friends turn 5 this year and he doesn't like how people feel left out in big groups, presents are tossed on the table, no special time with the birthday friend.
So here is the idea we came up with that we're doing this year...
Birthday month (more like a couple of weeks).
The idea is that every time we have a playdate during those couple of weeks, we have a mini party. No gifts, no fuss, just have some cupcakes and a candle on the ready so the little ones can have some chocolate bliss together. Then on the actual day we do a big family thing. DS has requested a camping trip.
we did this recently with a friend who celebrates the same way and DS loved it! He did several handmade special items for the birthday girl and loved that he got to present them to her, one on one, and have time with her and eat chocolate with her. Low key, special, sane,