Are Experience Trips the New Twist on Birthday Parties?
Let me start by saying that I am a BIG lover of birthday parties! But now I am an even bigger lover of experience trips! For my children’s first birthday parties I will scour over Pinterest for HOURS to create the most epic party to celebrate them turning one. It’s exhausting, exhilarating, and expensive; I love it all. For me, a first birthday party is important because Sawyer never celebrated his first birthday. The first year of childhood is just overall hard – the baby is adjusting to life outside the womb and the parents are adjusting to life with a newborn (first, second, third, etc kid is still an adjustment!) and it deserves a celebration.
After the first birthday party I am pretty much done with parties for the foreseeable future. They kick my butt! Once my children turn 2, 3, 4, etc, the parties consist of just family as they don’t have a ton of their own “friends” and they don’t really understand what a party is quite yet. This is why we have opted to take them to do some type of “experience”. We invite people to come if they want, but there is no stress or pressure because we are taking the kids no matter what! I don’t have to plan where to have a party, budget any money, or determine the activities – the experience trip is the activity! For my daughter’s 3rd birthday we took her to Stone Mountain and their dinosaur exhibit. SHE LOVED IT! She is a huge fan of dinosaurs and I knew it would be the perfect experience to celebrate her birthday. We also rode the skylift and walked around the top of Stone Mountain. They have 4D films available and we went to watch the show after lunch. It’s been 6 months and she still talks about when we went to the “mountain” for her birthday. I love that she had such a good time and still remembers it very well.
Now, I know that for some people party planning is their PASSION. To that I say – PLAN ALL THE PARTIES! For me, I love watching my kids “experience” something they love. The look on their face is priceless. You may say “Why not both?” Well, the answer to that is simple – we cannot afford both. Parties for over 50 people (we have large families) are EXPENSIVE, and usually more than we even want to spend. I am someone who is going to either go all out or not go at all in terms of parties. We opt for the experiences for the younger years when they can’t quite have a “friend” party yet. Once any of my children tell me they would rather have a party than an experience somewhere I will definitely honor that!
In the coming weeks we will be taking my son to the aquarium for his second birthday because he LOVES the fish tank section of Petsmart! I am so excited to capture his reactions to the different animals and I cannot wait to share them with you.
Check out our daughters birthday experience trip to Stone Mountain 🙂
Have you done an experience trip? I would love to hear about it!