The Pros and Cons of a Combined Sibling Birthday Party

If you’re like me then you’re lucky (?) enough to have three kids whose birthdays are less than a month apart.
The pros and cons of combined sibling birthday parties
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When baby #2 was born only three weeks after my first child’s 2nd birthday, I had mixed feelings about them sharing a birthday party.  And then my third child turned up only two days after my first child’s 5th birthday so there was almost no avoiding celebrating their birthdays together… at least for a little while.

Dreamworks Trolls Inspired Birthday Party
Click here to read about our most recent sibling birthday party!

Our first combined sibling birthday party was shortly after we moved almost 900 kilometers away from home and all of our family.  We decided to host the party back in our hometown so it made sense to combine the celebration and save us having to make two trips in.

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Mickey & Minnie Mouse themed 1st & 3rd Birthdays – 2013

While this is still one of the main reasons we choose to do a combined sibling birthday party (despite now only living 200 kilometers away), there are several pros and cons that we take into consideration each year. 


P R O S

The date is flexible.

Since it’s not a celebration of one specific day, it becomes more of a “birthday season.”  We’ve had our parties anywhere from a few days before or after, to a month away from their actual birth dates!

Bigger is better!

One big party can be easier than trying to throw several small ones.  I tend to go overboard on the party planning and wouldn’t even know how to throw a “small” party.


MY FAVORITE PARTY PLANNING SITES:

www.partycity.ca is my go-to website for party related decor items and game props.  They have a huge selection of themes and color schemes and I’ve always been able to count on them to have something specific that I need for a great price! 

www.etsy.com is my favorite place to shop for custom invitations and downloadable printables!  I’ve purchased everything from party decor to costumes on Etsy and absolutely LOVE the personalized service!

www.amazon.ca is a lifesaver for situations when I need something that I can’t find in a store! And even if I can find it, I always price check on amazon first!


It’s a one time effort.

Party planning is exciting (at least for me it is).  When I know there’s a party coming up, I go all in and put in as much effort as my budget will allow.  But if I had to do it several times in a year, I’m sure that either my effort or my budget would run out by the time the last one rolled around.

Theme parties FTW!

Finding a theme for a combined sibling birthday party can be a challenge but with so many options – it’s actually a lot of fun!  Our most recent theme was based on the Dreamworks Trolls movie but we’ve also done one inspired by The Minions Movie (for our three little minions) and Mickey & Minnie (our first one for our son and daughter).

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Minions themed 1st, 4th & 6th Birthdays – 2016
No one gets jealous.

Since all the kids get to be part of the celebration, you don’t have to deal with the hassle of one child being jealous seeing their sibling get presents and cake and attention.

Everyone gets a gift!

When we were young, my grandmother always bought presents for each grandchild, no matter who’s birthday it was.  It was one thing we could always count on – and we knew that no matter how jealous we felt about not getting to be the center of attention – we would at least get something from grandma.  So I’m glad my three kids each have gifts to open together.

There’s room for new traditions.

Having a separate party means being able to do something special on each child’s actual birthday.  There are so many creative ways to start a new birthday tradition in your family!

It’s easier on the guests.

While your children are young, all of their guest lists will likely be the same – family and close friends.  Having one party means those guests won’t feel obligated to attend several different parties throughout the year.

Group gifts become an option.

A combined sibling birthday party provides an opportunity for guests to go in on larger group gifts together that your children wouldn’t normally receive.


C O N S

There’s no individual attention.

Each child won’t get individual attention at their birthday party and may harbor resentment towards their siblings for always having to share the spotlight.  This may bother some kids more than others, but know that combined sibling birthday parties won’t last forever.

Finding the right theme can be tricky.

The kids may have a hard time agreeing on one theme, especially when they’re into different things.  Finding a common color scheme can be difficult and the older the kids get, the more opinionated they become.  The age gap between them can also have affect which themes are appropriate.

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Dreamworks Trolls 2nd, 5th & 7th Birthdays – 2017
It’s just one and done.

Once the sibling birthday party is over, there isn’t anything new to look forward to for the rest of the year.  It can be depressing when “birthday season” is over, similar to post-Christmas depression.

In some families, or large circles of extended family and close friends, birthday parties become one of the few reasons to get together throughout the year.  Having only one party means there aren’t as many opportunities for celebrations.

Parties don’t grow on trees.

It can be financially straining to pull off one really BIG party once a year instead of several smaller ones scattered throughout the year.  Considering what time of the year the birthdays fall can also impact the budget.  Anything close to Christmas is almost always doomed…

The “happy birthday” song plays on repeat.

No matter what options you choose for a cake (individual cakes, group cake, cupcakes) you will always have to sing “Happy Birthday” more than once.

The gifting situation…

It can be a burden on your guests to have to bring gifts for several children as opposed to just one.

The children may come to expect that they will ALWAYS get presents when their siblings do (or other children) and it will take away an opportunity to help them work through their jealousy.

Kids may receive “one gift for all of you to share.”


I know the day will come when my children will beg me for their own birthday party and I will graciously oblige…
… but until that day…

we will party like it’s Christmas in April!



Dreamworks Trolls themed birthday party for three kids
Minion Themed sibling birthday party for three kids
Mickey and Minnie Mouse themed brother and sister birthday party

Dreamworks Trolls Inspired Birthday Party

For my three children’s annual birthday bash, the theme we decided on was a Dreamworks Trolls birthday party which meant a lot of rainbows and bright, bold colors.

Dreamworks Trolls Inspired Birthday Party

Dreamworks Trolls Inspired Party

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I will admit that this year was quite tame in comparison to past parties we’ve done.  And by “we” I don’t mean my husband and I, although he always graciously goes along with whatever crazy overboard plans I get in my head and knows better than to tell me to “take it easy.”  No, I’m talking about my two sister-in-laws who share my passion and extravagance when it comes to party planning.  

But in an effort to keep things small this year, I took on the party planning by myself.

And while I didn’t have the luxury of their help this time, I can’t exactly say that I flew solo because my 4 year old had a lot of input and devoted her afternoons to helping me make decorations out of tissue paper.


My quest for the perfect theme party started as it always does – Pinterest.  There I found inspiration and tutorials for decorations, food, cakes and games and filled my board with anything that fit the theme.  [Click here to follow my Trolls Birthday Party Pinterest Board]

And what actually came together was this…

D E C O R A T I O N S

A Trolls birthday party meant rainbows and bright colors so while this rainbow tissue paper tassel garland was tedious and time consuming to make but it had a huge impact and added tons of color throughout the house! 

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I made the tassels little by little over the span of a few days and was surprised at how many they added up to when they were all hung.  In total I did two dozen of each color and was able to create a garland that was roughly 16 feet long and wrapped around my entire dining room!

For a great tutorial on how to make these tissue paper tassels check out The Creative Bag Blog

The Creative Bag Blog

Of if you’d rather purchase them ready made, check out this Etsy listing by PaperFlowersStore

Tissue Paper Tassel Garland - Rainbow Party theme - Party set - Birthday decorations - Pool Party - Fairys Party - 1st Birthday
PaperFlowersStore on Etsy

Of course what’s a rainbow without a few white puffy clouds to dot the ends?  I made white tissue paper poms in three different sizes and grouped them in the corners where I hung the garland.  Command hooks worked the best to hang both the poms and the garland on the wall and thumbtacks for the ones that were attached to the ceiling.


The other large scale rainbow decoration I worked on for the Trolls birthday party was this rainbow ceiling canopy made from plastic dollar store tablecloths.

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I attached one end of the tablecloths to the ceiling light fixture using a rubber band and some string.  Then I spread out and ruffled the other end and stuck it to the wall using double sided tape.  There was quite a bit of overhang which I debated leaving in place but ultimately trimmed for a nice, even look.  I loved the way it looked so much that it hung in my living room for months after the party!

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I stumbled upon these happy birthday letter balloons at the dollar store for $4 for the entire set (which was pricey for the dollar store but a steal regardless)!  It fit perfectly with the Trolls birthday party theme!  I was skeptical about the quality because, well, it’s the dollar store but they were as good as any other foil Mylar balloons I’ve used in the past.  Turns out they were the perfect size to fit in this little gap at the top of the wall between my living room and kitchen.  They were easy to inflate and deflate with a straw and I will definitely use them again!

Trolls Inspired Birthday Party

I found something similar on Amazon

trolls inspired birthday party
amazon.ca

I wanted to make sure that the Trolls birthday party theme was evident, and not just a generic rainbow party so I searched for a way to make the Trolls come alive! There is a section of our living room (i.e. playroom) wall where I’ve hung two rows of twine and normally hang my children’s artwork up with clothespins.  I had initially wanted my children to draw pictures of the trolls and rainbows and other things theme-appropriate to hang up there but they were not thrilled about that idea.

So instead I bought this downloadable clipart package from CariStudio on Etsy.

Trolls Clipart - Digital 300 DPI PNG Images, Photos, Scrapbook, Digital, Cliparts - Instant Download
CariStudio on Etsy

I inserted different pictures of each Trolls character into a Word document and printed them on card stock at our local Copy & Print Center. They turned out amazing!

Trolls Printables


G A M E S

The one thing my children asked for this year was a pinata.
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And the only one I could find was this small Poppy one.  It was a pull string pinata so it was safer to use indoors but we weren’t too familiar with the process.  At first we tried to let each child have a turn and pull one string but that didn’t pan out so great so eventually we just made everyone grab one string and pull at once.

That worked much better and the kids excitedly rushed all over collecting candy just as I imagined, but it was over much too soon and seemed like a lot of effort for a few minutes of fun.  Next year, we’ll have to try this again and I’ll attempt to DIY one!

Side note – do not put pixie sticks in your pinata!  Because if they burst open during the process you will have white dust come flying out everywhere and guests will wonder where you imported that pinata from…


I downloaded this free printable Trolls bingo game from Best Toys for Kids and it was a huge hit!
Trolls Free Printable Bingo Cards And Calling Cards
besttoysforkids.com

We used M&M’s as bingo markers and anyone who got a Bingo got to eat their line! I again trusted my friends at our local Copy & Print Center to print and laminate it and they did not disappoint!  I even forgot to specify that it needed to be cut into pieces but they took care of all of that for me and the end result was a very professional looking bingo game that I’m sure we will play over and over again.


get the soundtrack on amazon.ca

Ultimately, the Trolls birthday party was a huge success and the kids and guests all had a great time!  We played the Dreamworks Trolls Soundtrack in the background and turned it up for a dance party afterwards!

After the party, we donated the decorations to my daughter’s preschool.

 


Check out this post to see past parties we’ve done and for more party planning tips!
The pros and cons of combined sibling birthday parties
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