My oldest son, Jayson, has a unique birthday. He was born on Leap Day in 1996. I joke that it saves me LOADS of money, since I only have to throw him a party and buy him presents once every four years. Really, though, he gets a birthday celebration every year just like any other kid; we typically just choose whatever Saturday is closest to February 28th/March 1st.
This year, March 1st fell on a Saturday, so the timing worked out perfectly for his birthday. Even better, I was selected to be a #DisneySide @Home Celebration Host, so we received a complimentary package chock full of Disney party goodness. I thought a Disney theme was perfect, since many of Jayson’s parties over the years have been Disney themed, and because this birthday was technically his 4½th birthday (falling exactly halfway between his fourth birthday in 2012 and his upcoming fifth birthday in 2016) – even though he’s now 18 years old. (My kid is a great sport when it comes to me having fun with his unusual birth date – it’s my reward for the hours of induced labor I went through to bring him into the world). In keeping with the Disney theme and Jayson’s missing birthday, we decided to call this celebration “Jayson’s Unbirthday.”
The party kit had a lot of great items – included were (among other things, all packaged in an awesome American Tourister suitcase): balloons; sparkly swirly decorations; cups, plates, and napkins; a tablecloth; Mickey-n-Minnie posters to share with our guests; “The Chew” measuring cups; cookie cutters; Mickey Mouse cupcake papers; and lots of HP photo paper to print out and share our memories. I used some of the photo paper to print out pictures of Jayson through the years, since this was such a major milestone birthday. The rest of the photo paper was given to our guests so they can print out pictures of the party that I uploaded to a private online photo album.
(That’s the birthday boy himself there in the “Meh.” t-shirt).
We were even able to have a cake remarkably similar to Jayson’s early birthday cakes (Winnie-the-Pooh was our theme for both his first and second birthday).