It wasn’t difficult to pick the theme or location for G’s 4th birthday party this year because he is SOOOO into trains right now! He has to be holding some sort of toy train, train photo, train sticker or train book at all times and at the dinner table, they are allowed to sit and “watch” us eat from a short distance. He even sleeps with them the way most children would sleep with a beloved stuffed animal. It’s amazing.
We rented a train car at Travel Town in Griffith Park instead of having it at our house which was a huge adjustment for us, but definitely worth it! We had to dramatically limit our guest list to friends with kids close to his age, shorten the time a lot, and we decided to do the old school birthday party…cake and ice cream only, to save some money…Remember those?! Remember when your parents would DROP YOU OFF at a birthday party and you would have some cake and play and that was it? No goodie bags, no full meal for 15 families…just a good old simple birthday party? Well, that was what we tried to do this year. I think birthday parties have gotten a little out of control and I wanted to reel it in a bit. I heard a few people complained after about not having a meal but I tried to be very clear about what the party was and wasn’t so I don’t feel bad, but if you do try to do the same thing, I recommend sending a reminder email the day before or even the morning of so no one is surprised.
George had a blast and still talks about it months later! He requests train cake for breakfast at least once a month and still wants to go the train park every weekend. If you can keep it simple and small, transporting the decorations and food isn’t stressful at all and we probably saved about $300-$500 by doing it this way! I know…RIGHT?! I LOVE our huge Easter and Christmas parties, but I think the boys’ birthdays will cute and small from here on out!