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Are You Celebrating Half Birthdays?

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When I was in elementary school, I remember feeling sad for my friends who had summer birthdays. After all, my February birthday gave me the chance to bring in cupcakes to school, have my class sing to me and get an extra special note from my teacher. My friends with summer birthdays didn't get this chance, and I didn't think it was fair. Now, as a parent of a son with a February birthday, I find myself wishing he was a summer baby, simply because finding a place to throw a birthday party in the middle of Chicago Winter is a task that exhausts me each year. I think celebrating half birthdays could remedy both situations.

Celebrating half birthdays is becoming a more popular trend, but is it worth the stress and extra spending? Are you seeing them pop up around your neck of the woods? Slowly, but surely, I am. If I were a gambling woman, I would bet that you will start seeing half birthday Pinterest boards popping up sooner than later. Entire websites, like halfbirthday.com, are dedicated to half birthday celebrations. I usually try to keep festivities easy and simple, both in time and on my budget, so the thought of adding another tradition was not something that I initially wanted to do. In fact, I might have rolled my eyes at the thought. However, our family of three focuses on finding the fun in every situation, so I reconsidered and thought a small half birthday tradition might not be so bad after all.

If you are considering starting a half birthday tradition, start simple. Having a half birthday party is supposed to be fun and different, not stressful. While the true birthday might be a huge celebration full of custom cupcakes and party invitations, the half birthday should be more low key. Just focus on making a weeknight evening a little extra special. The birthday boy or girl can choose the meal for the family's dinner, even if it is a crazy combination like macaroni and cheese and scrambled eggs. You certainly don't have to worry about purchasing special half birthday tableware, try to use it as a chance to clean out your cabinets. Serve the special dinner on birthday paper plates that you have leftover from celebrations earlier in the year. For dessert? Why, half of a birthday cake (or cupcakes), of course! Let the guest of honor choose the family game after dinner and have a fun bath time before bed, with shaving cream "paint" or glow sticks in the water.

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