Minimalist Kids: Simple Birthday Parties

Do you host birthday parties for your kids every year? Would you like to raise minimalist kids? Sometimes it feels like hosting birthday parties means we have to leave behind minimalist principles.  I’m hoping to show you that this isn’t true.

My sweet daughter turned 7 recently. We hosted a simple birthday party for her this past weekend, and I thought I’d share some of the principles that helped make it easy, inexpensive, and FUN!

To spice up this post, I’m going to use an old American wedding custom to share what we did.  :D

SOMETHING OLD: our boring old house.  Ok, so our home isn’t boring, but we chose not to hire an exciting new venue to send everyone to on a new adventure.  Kids came to the house for the party.

 

SOMETHING NEW: Gifts! As little as I like adding more items to our home, I don’t forbid my kids from receiving birthday gifts.  I don’t want to impose minimalism on them but only strive to encourage them to develop the minimalist mindset over time as they mature. (Note: One way to keep from having birthday gift overkill or experiencing party drama, limit the guest list so you child can truly spend time with the children who attend.)

SOMETHING BORROWED: We have dear friends who own a bounce house.  This was the hit of the party!  There were no games or activities planned except to let the kids jump until they were exhausted, feed them cake, then let them jump off their sugar highs.  Pretty simple schedule! (BONUS: After the party, we kept the bounce house going for 2 more hours and neighbor kids came to play. It was a great relationship builder, 100% free.)

SOMETHING BLUE: Party favors. Mackenzie likes the color blue…here she is sporting a pair of her party favor glasses. We also gave Ring Pops, notepads, and pens to the guests.

Invitations + Cake + party favors = approximately $60

How do you keep your kids’ parties simple?

Dana Byers and her family are passionate about adoption and online ministry, and they sold all they owned in 2007 to live a mobile lifestyle overseas and expand online ministry practices globally.  She’s the author of “The Art of Online Ministry” and recently moved to Oklahoma to become the Community Pastor for LifeChurch.tv Church Online. All opinions shared here are expressly her own.

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