So in preparation for this year's round, I have come up with a list of options I plan to offer Tessa and Josiah:
- A cake (note the use of the singular). An excursion somewhere special with a guest or two.
- A cake. A special dinner at home with a guest or two.
- A cake. Dinner out with a guest or two.
- A cake. Afternoon tea and activities at home with a group of friends.
- A cake. Afternoon tea and a visit to a playground or similar with a group of friends.
I would like to place a further stipulation that the last two options, which potentially involve me supervising and entertaining a large group of children, are only on offer to each child every second year - one year to Josiah and the next year to Tessa - so that I don't have to do two big parties within a few weeks of each other.
Maybe occasionally there could be an added option: to choose one of the expensive package parties offered by every kids' venue in town.
I wonder if I am being ungenerous limiting the options this way. I like birthday celebrations to be special and fun, but too much complexity and expense makes it seem like a day of excess to me.