One of the big things about Ryder and Arayas birthday party this year is that we are asking for NO presents please. This Idea was introduced to me by a friend over at http://lovinglifessimplicities.com/ and after some quick thinking I completely agreed. I had searched for how to do this for the past couple of years but couldn’t quite figure out how to politely ask them bring either specific items or nothing.
1. You see we live in small trailer with very little room for too many toys and clothes. The kids room is a very small room that they share and it has to have all of their toys and all of their clothes in there too. They don’t play with most of the toys they have and we really just didn’t have room for any more toys. Besides, most toys end up getting broke or lost within a week so why have people spend money on small toys that will end up in the trash before they are ever really enjoyed.
2. There are birthday parties almost weekly it seems. That is A LOT of presents to buy and a lot of money to spend. I skipped many birthday parties because I couldn’t get a present and didn’t want to go without one. I don’t want anyone to feel like they can’t come to our parties because they can’t get a present that they really don’t need. I just want everyone to come and celebrate Ryder and Arayas birthday with us.
3.We have made it clear that for anyone who WANTS to bring a gift can bring money and we will use it to take the kids to the zoo or the train museum or both and/or maybe buy them a trampoline. Carl and I thought this would be a good compromise so no one felt obligated to bring anything and we can take them on a trip that will be fun and memorable but not take up room in our house or one large toy that will last for years.