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It’s almost that time of year again, where my babies turn a whole year older. I am desperately planning two parties in one weekend. I think I must be mad!
If you’re new to reading my blog, you may not know about the ‘uniqueness’ of my family. To sum it up…….
I have 3 children, 2 of which are twins. 2 of my children share a birthday, but not my twins’!
Yes, that’s right, my twins have separate birthdays, as they were born over midnight (one and a half hours apart), and my second twin was born on my sons 2nd birthday! This makes things quite difficult. I have never fully settled on when to celebrate each birthday. So far they have all had a shared party, which has worked well. However, this year I thought it was about time BB had his own party, hence the 2 parties in one weekend.
The twins are having a hello kitty craft party on the saturday at home and BB is having a bowling party on the sunday. Luckily the bowling party is mostly done for us, I only need to make the cake and turn up. However, the twins party will take a lot more effort. Luckily, my mum is organising the crafts, so I have time to think about the party bags, games, food and cakes.
I like to make extra work for myself, as I believe each child should have their own birthday cake and I like to make them novelty ones, so I am currently trying to think how I can make 2 hello kitty cakes and a space cake all in one weekend! I panic before hand, but I usually get there in the end. Last year I made a whole gingerbread house cake and two heart cakes. They looked great and the children had a fab birthday, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed I can pull it off again this year.
I have a 5 year old son and 3 year old twin girls. When I found out I was expecting twins (my son was only 18 months at the time), shocked is not the word! We all got over the shock and absolutely adore them. So thinking that was our quota of twins in the family, we all moved on.
Then last year, my brother announced he was having twins! We all couldn’t believe it. My twins are identical and so are his, so they should not be running in the family! What is this all about?
Last week, they had their first birthday. Where has the time gone?
They had a Mickey Mouse theme with lovely outfits (not sure what they’ll think when they look back at 18?!). They had loads of presents and lots of attention. Just what turning 1 is all about!
Another year has passed. Can’t believe my son is now 5 years old and my twins are now 3 years old, where on earth did that time go?? They had their birthday party at the weekend, they had great fun. I always love watching them have fun at their party. We hired an entertainer this time, which made things so much easier.
If you read my previous post on the twin birthday cake debate, you will know that, we are rather unique in the fact that all 3 of my children share a birthday! (well, that’s not technically true) my twins were born on different days, but my older son and twin 2 shares a birthday! However, I think it would be far too complicated to celebrate twin 1′s birthday one day and then older brother and twin 2′s birthday the next day, so we celebrate all on the same day (after all twin 1 was only born 15 mins before midnight). For this reason, I was debating whether or not to do 1, 2 or 3 birthday cakes. Most children get to have their own birthday cake, so why should twins and an older brother have to share just because they happen to be born at the same time? I decided to make one birthday cake each.
My son wanted a gingerbread house cake! (nice and easy for me then??!!). I had never made a gingerbread house before, let alone put it on a cake, but I was up for the challenge. The twins both said they wanted a heart cake (a little bit easier).
Here are the results of my attempt at 3 birthday cakes:
I think they liked their cakes, my son was staring at his for ages, though, he was probably just dreaming of eating all the sweets on it!
The other thing I liked was the fact that we sang happy birthday 3 times, so they each got their special moment.
This was all a big effort with a lot of hard work, but I am very pleased that I made the extra effort to make each of my childrens birthday individually special. I am just hoping they choose something a little less complicated next year?!