Double Up on Parties for Fun and Savings
For a double-scoop of fun at your child’s next birthday, why not host a dual party? Combined parties for siblings, cousins, or friends with close birthdays are a growing trend. Think a double-decker party might work for your family? Here’s how to host a sweet soiree that your child (or children) will cherish for years.
The first step to a successful double party: Ask the kids involved if it’s what they want (if kids are too young to ask, it’s probably a safe bet that they don’t mind sharing the spotlight). If the guests of honor are on board, give both kids equal say in planning decisions.
If the birthday kids can’t agree on a theme, don’t choose—let each child pick a theme, and use both. Use separate decorations and a cake for each child in different rooms of the house. The kids will be happy and the guests entertained.
Buying double the birthday gifts can cause sticker shock for some guests. Consider specifying simple gifts, or setting a no-gift policy. Book exchanges, where each guest brings a book to exchange in lieu of a gift, are a popular way to skirt the gift issue.
Even at a combined party, kids should still feel special at their birthday shindig. Two birthday cakes are a must, as well as taking turns being first during games and activities.
Double parties can be a blast, but they’re not for everyone. But for many kids, double parties mean double the fun. So set a budget, set realistic expectations, get both birthday kids involved in planning, and get ready for a double-dose of frosting-fueled birthday memories. ¶