Birthday picnic

Children’s birthdays are something equally great and potentially exhausting. Many parents go to great lengths to organize birthday parties with themes and decorations and invitations to half the country to come and join, effectively spending two months planning, preparing, cooking, baking, decorating, wrapping, sending, receiving, calling and in the end falling into bed dead from exhaustion and several pounds (not British ones, actual weight) lighter in the bank account.

So when Nico’s second birthday rolled around, we went into a completely different direction. Since his birthday is in the middle of August, the weather forecast was warm and dry and as some friends only could come over the weekend after, we decided to go basic, pack a lunch and go to the local park with water games, which are great for cooling off and playing. Oh, they are free, too, always a plus :)

Since it was supposed to be warm, we did not want to go heavy on the menu, so we ended up making ourselves some light sandwiches with some turkey breast, cheese and lettuce, a cut-up hot dog sausage with some plain pasta for Nico (aka “Mr. Sausage”), some dry, fried Chinese noodles, some cucumber, some baby carrots, a little juice, water bottles and for dessert some of Nico’s (and Papa’s) favourite: Chocolate chip cookies. We found the one picnic table like spot in the area that had some shade and set up, Nico was amazingly patient throughout the whole lunch, especially since the water fountains etc. were tempting, but he stayed until the middle of dessert.

Running through the water (which btw, is absolutely frigid, but oh so refreshing when you get it onto you and survive the initial shock), waiting for the fountains to start, a little sliding and swinging in-between and back to the water, it was a delight to see him run and squeal with joy, only coming back once or twice for another bite of cookie.

There are hoops you can run under, water streams coming up from the ground (some of them are pretty strong), you have spray fountains, to sum it up – wet, refreshing fun!

We had to tell him that we were going to go home, for him to come back and let us wrap him in his nice and warm towel (he was frozen from the water), ending a beautiful day with a great, light lunch in the fresh air, free refreshment courtesy of the city of Chateauguay, and lot of smiles and giggles by Nico, the best reward we could have received.

So unless your child really, really, really insists on a big and themed party, propose something easy, basic and natural (if weather, season, area etc. allow, of course) and you will be amazed how rewarding it can be to “just” go to a simple picnic, your nerves and wallet/bank account will also thank you ;)

This is a nice way you can enjoy your child on his/her special day.

 

 

If you do this, we’d LOVE to see a photo of it. Email it to us or post it on our Facebook page. We’d love to do a Facebook album, a Pinterest board and a page of your creations :-)

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5 comments to Birthday picnic

  • What a special day! We love splashpads too!

    We don’t do big parties either. For my daughter’s second birthday, she wanted to invite her baby dolls, so we had a birthday party with just the dolls and some cupcakes. For the older bdays, she has invited a just a few friends. I like to organize fun activities around a theme, but I don’t get into decorating. My daughter doesn’t enjoy big, social events, so it wouldn’t makes sense to throw her a huge party.

  • I think the way you spent his birthday was absolutely beautiful. What matters most is that he knows he’s loved and he surely got that and a ton of fun! We do the big hoopla for parties here, but I definitely see the charm and allure of a more simple, but equally fun day! We don’t have a lot of money for parties, so our big hoopla takes a lot of extra work for me. I don’t know why I do it to myself.

    • Valérie

      Thanks and LOL Joyce! Silly girl :) I think it also depends greatly on the amount of friends and family you have nearby, in our case it’s very small (because we had just moved into a new province the year before) or they are in another country. Hope you guys have great birthday still and take time to stop and enjoy him during that special day :)

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