Friday, May 14, 2010

Birthday Update

So the big day has come and gone - Ben's 5th birthday party. It was the usual stuff: food, friends, family, fun, chaos, cake, and candy.
There were no decorations... except the poster that our 8 year old colored for our 5 year old and stuck to the outside of the front door. The place didn't look festive from a streamers, balloons, and confetti point of view. And I am okay with that. I do wish I had put a little more thought into it though because I am sure I could have come up with something.
Ben asked about decorations and I told him about the transistory nature of them and the waste they produce. He was thoughtful for a moment and then said, 'well, maybe next time we could make reusable decorations.' I will tell you my friends that I almost cried! He GETS it!! At 5 years old - a fairly egotistical age that thrives on routines and traditions and longs to belong... saw past all that and was able to problem solve in such a creative way - to meet the needs of not only our challenge, but the environmental needs, AS WELL AS tweeking the traditions a bit to still conform with what we as a society has deemed appropriate for a party. I was blown away; Blown away at his creativity, and stunned for me not thinking of it sooner.

So we didn't have decorations this year for Ben, but we are going to start thinking of some great decorations that we can make once and use for all our birthday celebrations and start a tradition of our own; A tradition of longevity, items with memory and family time while doing it.
What I love most about this journey so far, is how creative we get to be! But without a doubt the best pay off is our main intention being fulfilled - the kids are GETTING it!! Our children, all of our children, are so resilient at this age, and no one is more creative than them! Perhaps BP should ask the kids how to solve the oil problem in the gulf, or world hunger, or what to do about our landfills.


  1. We loved the party - no dollar store crap to bring home, no streamers and paper plates in the landfill. Your craft with the bagels, peanut butter, and birdseed was awesome -- and is feeding the crows outside right now... ;)

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  3. I was thinking about your birthday post when I was standing in line behind a woman that spent almost $100.00 at the dollar store. It was all birthday party supplies.

    I love the idea of reusable decorations, they will have great meaning, and can you imagine the joy you will get when the kids get older, and you bring out the decorations that they made years ago. Kind of like pulling out the Christmas decorations from your childhood. Sweet memories.


  4. It only makes sense, doesn't it? After all, Christmas decorations are re-used every year, and it's always a lovely tradition hauling them out of the box every year. No reason why birthdays can't be the same...

  5. Here is a great idea for making a Reusable Happy Birthday Banner. There are many others out there in the crafting world. I liked how simple this one was. You don't even have to sew, you could just glue. Hope this is helpful for the next birthday.

  6. hehe oops!

  7. What a great idea! Yay Ben. Re-usable decorations, I love it. How about fabric or ribbon streamers instead of the crepe paper ones from the dollar store. You wouldn't even have to worry about them being rained on if it's an outdoor party.

  8. That is a good idea Cathi - about using ribbon or fabric for streamers - totally reusable, and nothing says 'festive' like streamers!