So our oldest turned five, and we celebrated his birthday with a party at home. I really wish we could have invited more guests (my apologies to all of Junior J's other little friends!), but with limited space at home, we decided to keep it small. So we ordered a couple of platters of sushi from Sakuraya for lunch (we didn't have time to cook since the party was after church):
... and a yummy chocolate cake from The Patisserie, which we dressed up with dinos that I printed out .
I don't know about you, but I have this internal battle every time one of our boys' birthdays rolls around. I love planning and preparing for parties. I love the crafting, all the DIY projects, the planning of games or activities to go with the theme. However, sometimes I wonder if we make too big a fuss when it comes to birthday parties. After all, it's just to celebrate a kid becoming one year older, and sometimes all that money and effort pumped into the party isn't really appreciated by the birthday child or his/her guests.
However, during Junior J's party, I was reminded about what parties are about. It's about relationships. It's about friends and family coming together to rejoice in a year of growth. It's about little friends playing together.
It's about laughing together and enjoying the simple things: tossing balloons and rolling around in crepe paper.
It's about helping hands, from porpor's special sushi (for Lil J who has food allergies), to kongkong helping to take photos (all the photos here were taken by him). And the godparents chipping in to help run the games (the godpa was so good at it, he's been booked as gamemaster for all future parties) and cleaning up after (thank you, godma!).
So it's about love. It's not about the cake or how pretty it is, or how great the party packs are, or whether there were helium balloon or beautiful dessert tables. Parties are about people, gathering to celebrate. To celebrate a year of God's love and faithfulness. To give thanks for a year of growth.