I'm feeling super guilty this year.... Porter turns 5 on Monday and we are NOT having a birthday party for him. We decided, instead, to take him to Great Wolf Lodge this coming Thursday-Saturday (we are meeting up with Lori, Don and the girls so he'll get to spend the weekend with family/cousins). I know he's going to be SO excited about Great Wolf Lodge but all he keeps talking about is a birthday party with friends from school! I feel terrible because 1) he's turning 5... which is kind of a big deal birthday to me and 2) he's in school all week so he has friends he is close to at school and he's also been invited to a few of their b-days as well.
I did make plans for Donnie and Aubri (and Lukas, possibly) to come over on Monday (his b-day... and no school b/c of President's Day!) to play. We're going to do a Spiderman Pinata, decorate cupcakes and let the kids play for a bit. He will wake up Monday morning to Birthday Balloons (this year... ALL green!) as goes our newest tradition. And after Ryan gets home I plan to wow him with a GREEN layered cake with GREEN frosting and a GREEN Lego Dump Truck on top, and GREEN plates, GREEN napkins and GREEN cups. Our presents to him are going to be roller blades and a "Surprise: Great Wolf Lodge!" present (a green striped towel, green scuba mask, new swim trunks and a brochure and pictures of Great Wolf Lodge).
In my head I'm thinking "I've done a good job... I've done TONS of things to make him feel special this birthday... I'm not failing because we're not having the normal party decked out with a cute theme." But I can't help but feel I'm letting him down because all he seems to wish for this year is a party with his friends! GRRRR.
So, what do you typically do for birthdays? Do you have a party with friends for your kids? Do you just have family over? Is it quiet and intimate with just immediate family that live in the house? What would you do if you were to replace a party with a trip to a fun place? Is 5 too young for them to realize the "swap"?