After losing our five and a half year old daughter, our mantra now is - 'Life's too short'.
Both our children have always had a big party each birthday and we continue to celebrate Sian's birthday with a party each year - cake, party bags, games. The only difference is that the birthday girl is watching us all from heaven. She would be turning 10 in September, and I'm already planning her party in my mind. Yes, it breaks my heart that she's not here in body to enjoy her special day and all the effort that I put into her party, but I know she's watching from above and it's always a really happy celebration of the five years, eight months and one day she spent here on earth with us.
Our little boy will be 6 in October and is already excited about the thought of a party. Besides the fact that I love planning and putting on children's parties, I think it's just so important to celebrate their life and all they've achieved in the past year. In the case of our son, he is so VERY precious to us and we are blessed that we're able to watch him blow his candles out each year, so we celebrate him with a big party.
I would be incredibly sad to think that parents saw it as an imposition and inconvenience to have to bring their children to our children's parties. Every time our son receives a party invitation, I feel grateful that he is liked enough by the birthday child for them to want him at their special occasion.