a very merry unbirthday

So many of us are moving away from our families these days. The distance can really be felt on birthdays. For us, that moving has really made us aware of the time and space that is lost between ourselves and those we love so much. As the years began to pass and more and more birthdays were missed, we started a little tradition when a family member came to visit… the Unbirthday Party.

It is the day when we take time to celebrate all the birthdays that have been missed since the last time we were together. We make cupcakes so everyone can have a candle to blow out and we go around the table and sing “Happy Unbirthday” to each person.

At first it seemed a little silly and we giggled about it, but now our kids beg us for an Unbirthday Party every time someone comes to visit! Apparently it really does mean a lot to them. The kids may be a little motivated by the presents they receive, but honestly, that has never really been the focus. Each person receives one small, inexpensive gift and the rest of the time we just focus on celebrating one another and the overwhelming joy of being together.



A few weeks ago we had a visit from Grandma, so I had a total blast pulling together a quick and simple Unbirthday Party. Here are a few key ways to throw a great Unbirthday Party on a budget:

 

Posted September 11, 2012 16 Comments
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a pinata to punch!

I have been very on board with the recent pinata trend in parties. Although, for little kid parties they can sometimes become a hazard. Flying candy and bigger guys swinging around sticks sure do make a mom nervous!

For the twin’s birthday this year I decided to design a pinata that you don’t need to swing at. A pinata you could punch. A punchata! It was a huge hit with the kids (they always love something new) and super easy to make.

To make the punchata first blow up a 36 inch balloon (do not use helium it will affect how well your paper stick to the balloon) instead use a large set of lungs or a pump! Hang the balloon upside down and cover with a thin layer of Modge Podge. Begin laying white packing tissue onto the balloon with thin layers of Modge Podge in between each layer. Aim for about 5 layers of tissue over the entire balloon. Let dry for 48 hours.

Once the pinata is completely dry, pop the balloon and slowly pull it out through a small hole in the tissue mache. Begin cutting small holes (about the size of a child’s fist) throughout the pinata, in different spots and on different levels. Cut circle pieces of a coordinating paper and use a small dab of glue to secure them over your holes from the inside of the pinata (use the top hole for easy access). Fill with candy, thread a string through the top and secure the top hole closed with a few more layers of tissue paper and glue.

Hang up to enjoy on party day and let each child have a turn punching in a hole for their candy prize!

Photos taken by Erin Holland for a subtle revelry.

PS. I am super excited to show you the twin’s complete birthday party in our next issue of Styled. Magazine coming out March 6th!

Posted February 16, 2012 12 Comments
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