Children’s birthday parties are important for several reasons

Your child is the most important person in your world. The date he/she was born certainly deserves to be celebrated with a party. Not only does the day commemorate the uniquely special little person who was born, but it marks a milestone of growth and accomplishment for each year he/she has graced this earth.

A party is any occasion when a group of people gather to celebrate. The definition does not specify the number of people in attendance nor the style of the celebration. Some birthday parties are held on a grand scale with all the party paraphernalia and numerous guests. Other parties are conducted in a simpler style with only family present.

A party is not important to the one year old, but it is very important to the proud parents. As soon as children are old enough to know the difference, it would be unthinkable to let a birthday go by unnoticed. Birthday parties, big or small, simple of elaborate signify that the birthday boy or girl is special and can have the added benefit of serving as a self-esteem booster

There are many different ways to celebrate birthdays. There are surprise parties, sleep-over parties with friends, intimate dinners in restaurants, sweet sixteen parties, etc. It is not so much the party that makes the birthday child feel important; it is the acknowledgement that he/she is so important, you just have to throw a party.

In society nowadays,  birthday parties have taken on a life of their own. In an effort to keep up, parents invite the child’s entire class, the parties are held at exotic venues and the cost is prohibitive. Does this make the child feel important, or does he/she get lost in the shuffle?

It is a shame to see the real purpose of the celebration abandoned in the competitive game of, “Who had the best birthday party?” This method of celebrating might actually have a negative effect on a child’s self esteem.

It seems more prudent to gather the family and real friends of the child and make the celebration all about him/her; as opposed to making it an entertainment venue for numerous barely known acquaintances that the child won’t remember in the future.

Such misguided celebrations could be impetus for parents to throw up their hands and say, “Enough!” To do so, however, negates the true purpose of the party; celebrating a very important person and making him/her feel special indeed.

Another tendency these days is to schedule birthday parties at “convenient” times, rather than on the actual birth date. Again, this seems to negate the purpose of the party; celebrating the very special day a special and unique person was born. How important can a birthday boy or girl feel if he/she has to wait until the weekend, or a more convenient time to celebrate?

There is something magic to children about waking up on the morning of their birthday and running to a mirror to see if they still look the same. To have a celebration in their honor, whatever the size, is literally frosting on the cake. Children may not need a party to feel important, but they need a birthday party to realize how important they are to the rest of us.

A birthday party does not have to be a showcase event. All it takes to make a successful birthday party is a cake with candles, and a gathering of all who happen to be around; with everyone singing, “Happy Birthday,” even a little off key.

Everyone’s eyes shine a little brighter in the glow of their birthday candles.