Today is our annual Jeub Birthday Bash. Our kids will have over a hundred people over for fun and fellowship. It was our central theme to our television show five years ago. As we do every year, we’re going to have a ball!
The idea of a “birthday bash” is to throw one big party for all the children (we have a small celebration for each individual child on their actual birthdays). For large families like ours, this makes incredible sense. But even for a modest-sized family, the joy of working together for a collaborative festival is definitely worth it.
Do you think you could throw a Birthday Bash for your family? Here’s a timeline of plans to give you an idea of what we do to throw the big bash.
- Choose a date, about two months out. We go with Saturdays. We also go with September, the perfect month for a collaborative Jeub birthday party. Why? Because no Jeub was born in September; no one can claim it as their own!
- Choose a theme, about one month out, and send invitations. This makes for great dinnertime discussion. We chose The Princess Bride, a family favorite movie, as a theme. We use our old Christmas list to send out invitations. We send them out via email and ask for RSVPs through a Google Form.
- Clean. Most families choose the spring for their ultimate “spring cleaning,” the time where the entire house is polished to perfection. We choose September, primarily because the motivation of the Birthday Bash motivates us.
- Plan together. The best ideas come from dinner-table conversations about what we can do. A scavenger hunt “Search for Princess Buttercup”; a pinata of a “Rodent of Unusual Size”; the creek as the “Fire Swamp.” You have to watch The Princess Bride to fully appreciate the humor.
We can’t emphasize enough: a birthday bash is awesome fun. Here’s an older article that goes into more planning details. Now, we’ve got to get going on the fun. We’ll post pictures later!