It’s easier said than done to avoid the big gift thing for your kid’s birthday, though. Our original plan was to have just one special gift for Natalie–a little inflatable pool that we’ll use as a ball pit until summertime. We picked one up on sale at a local toy shop, similar to the one shown here (that is for sale here):
We were super proud of ourselves for buying her gift way in advance, and for being thrifty about it, too. Well, we (read: I) have had a hard time sticking to our original rule, so there will be a few other little things waiting for her at the Naterpillar party. I figured I could bend the rule by putting ALL of her gifts in one big wrapped box, so it looks like it’s just one present… Mikey isn’t exactly falling for that trick, but it was worth a shot, right? The box o’ fun really isn’t a huge number of gifts–just a few little things (including a matching rain coat & boots, a little inflatable sprinkler to hook up to our hose in the summer, and a couple of other clothing items).
I’m hoping that we don’t end up overwhelming Natalie with all of the party hullabaloo & too many gifts… Christmas was a lot for her to take, and I really want her to just have fun checking everything out at her party. Any tips on how to keep her from getting overstimulated by all the new stuff, sights, sounds, and people??