Birthday Celebrations Times Two
Do multiples mean multiple cakes, gifts and parties?
It's no wonder that preparing to celebrate a birthday for twins or more can render parents a bit nervous. Don't fear. It is certainly possible to provide a fabulous party without borrowing the inhabitants of a barnyard, permanently traumatizing anyone or breaking the bank.
First and foremost
The occasion of The First Birthday is viewed as monumental by most. After all, gone is the era of sleepless nights, waking/sleeping/eating scheduling challenges, the introduction of solid food, and possibly weaning off of the formula that's ruined nearly every couch and carpet in your home.
While each of these successes provides great cause for celebration, keep in mind that at this age, not only will the babies not remember the festivities, they will likely sleep through them. Instead, this is a fantastic opportunity to throw yourselves -- the weary parents -- a party (disguised as a first birthday party, of course) to celebrate all that you've survived this past year!
This is perhaps your one and only opportunity to make all birthday party choices in the areas of decorations, food, cake flavor and design, and most important, beverages. So, take all the liberties you'd like. Just don't forget to have your camera at the ready so that you can document your children's every moment sleeping, screaming and otherwise happily celebrating.
Let them eat cake
Second, many one year olds determine rather quickly that they like the icing so much that they aren't going to move on to the cake portion -- ever. Be prepared by having extra icing ready and outfitting your children with bibs that cover their entire fronts, arms and hair if you want to avoid having to do complete baths between lifting them out of their highchairs and placing them back on the floor.
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