The most important element of any party, in my opinion, is the theme. Having a theme directs the party and makes planning and decorating for the event significantly easier. There are so so many fun, cute and unique themes out there -- a theme doesn't have to be traditional either.
Every parent, if they're honest, will admit that a particular stage of parenthood was especially challenging. For me, it wasn't infancy. It was hardest for me when the kids were in that in-between stage.
Lavish birthday parties are a thing of the past. In the last decade, birthday parties had started to make a statement about the family throwing them, and less about a simple celebration. Now it's back to the birthday child and basics. Here are some adjustments we are making.