With Raya's 4th birthday quickly approaching in May I've been starting to think about what to do! Now in the world of blogging, Pinterest, etc. birthday parties have become quite a big thing. And for the last 3 years I've done the typical---birthday outfit, decorations, birthday theme, food, guests, invites, etc. etc.
But let's be honest, even if you make a lot of the decorations/food yourself these parties add up people...they can get expensive when you sit down and think about all the little costs!
It's not that I don't think these parties are fun and cute--I do. And I enjoyed doing them for the last 3 years, we have lots of cute pictures, etc. But that said, it's starting to get repetitive for me now. Thinking about planning Raya's party and even though I'd pick a new theme (I was thinking ballet party) it's still the same old party essentially. And by the time we spend $100 on a gift (some toy she doesn't really need) and buy all the party supplies, feed all the guests, etc. we are talking at least a couple hundred dollars for a party that lasts 4 hours.
SO ......that brings us to my plan for Raya's birthday. We are SKIPPING the birthday party altogether! Yes, I said it :-P Instead, last night I made reservations for a birthday trip and her "gift" is that she gets to bring her favorite person (cousin Sawyer :-). We have hotel reservations for two nights in Omaha and we will be swimming at the hotel pool, visiting the Omaha zoo, the Omaha Children's Museum, and possibly a drive through safari park depending on time. We found a hotel package that included zoo tickets, and we get 50% off the Children's Museum since we are members at the one here in Iowa....so two nights on a fun filled vacation is going to end up costing us about the same amount that we normally pay for a birthday party + gift.
And it's something new---and MEMORABLE! We are going to have pizza and invite my parents over to sing happy birthday on Raya's actual birthday so she can blow out candles and stuff. And honestly I think she'll see that as a totally fine "party." :-) We are so excited!
This is the hotel pool at the place we are going---I was excited to find one that people said was good for *little* kids, because Raya doesn't like typical hotel pools where she can't touch the bottom.
I checked out the Children's Museum online and it looks like there are quite a few exhibits that are different from the museum here so the kids should love it. Here are a couple pics!
And the zoo of course! I'm thinking about making Sawyer, Raya, and Brielle zoo themed shirts to wear hehe...how adorable would that be for photos?! :-)
I"m most excited about this exhibit---around Iowa here you don't get to see the big desert animals at our zoos typically!
So do I have any blog readers who'd been to Omaha before? Do share if you know of other must sees that we should check out while there!