It's no secret that I have a lot of kids. (We haven't quite figured out what's causing all of these children, but when I do - I'll be sure to let you know!) Because of this, I am always afraid that my kids are going to feel like they're just one of the crowd, i.e. nothing special. So, when their birthday comes around, I make sure that it is not only super special, but everything they want.
My kids get to alternate years for friend parties and family parties. This year my oldest son's 5th birthday fell on a family party year. Usually we do one fun activity as a family (and invite extended family), and have a dinner of whatever they want with a special cake. For David's special day, he chose to have a pool party at the local pool, and then go back to our house for hot dogs and chips. I love simplicity! As for his cake, he told us he didn't want a cake, he just wanted cinnamon rolls. So we surprised him by taking the Clone of a Cinnabon recipe, and turning it into a cake!
Clone of a Cinnabon recipe