I am a December baby…that’s right my birthday is twelve days before Christmas. As you can imagine, my parents had to master the art of making their December baby feel special while the world was celebrating the birth of Jesus. They did a fantastic job because I never felt slighted on my birthday nor on Christmas.
Many parents will postpone the birthday party by commemorating it at the “half-mark”, but I wasn’t having it. I did NOT want a June birthday party. I wanted to celebrate my birthday on (or around) my actual birthday. If your holiday baby doesn't mind having their birthday at the "half-mark," then you’re off the hook. But, if they're anything like me here’s how you can make your holiday baby feel special during the holidays.
Give Advanced Notice – Send a quick email to parents to check their child’s availability. Many people travel during the holidays, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Usually people will travel the Tuesday or Wednesday before Thanksgiving and come home on the weekend following. so the best time for a party during the Thanksgiving holiday is the weekend prior and during. Christmas travel is a little different many people save their vacation days to the end of the year so you may want to catch them two weeks before they go on vacation or a week after they return.
Pick a Non-holiday Theme – As tempting as it may be, choose a theme centered around what your child likes. Unless your little girl wants a Frozen theme party avoid a winter wonderland theme during the Christmas holiday. You may also want to use a space that is outside of the home especially if your house is already decorated for the holiday. The birthday party may not seem so special if there is a Christmas tree in the middle of your son’s Lego themed party.
Make Invitations That Stand Out – Mail during the holidays can be overwhelming so make sure you send an invitation that “Pops”. Big, bulky and odd shaped will not go unnoticed. If cost is an issue you can always use Evite.com to design and email your own invites.
Most importantly DO NOT Give a Combo Gift – Two-for-ones are great for sales but not cool for a birthday. If your child’s birthday falls during the Christmas holiday, have them make a birthday list and a Christmas list. Remind friends and families that it’s a birthday party so no holiday wrapping and don’t put birthday gifts under the Christmas tree.
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