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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:36:05 PM
My sons have birthdays in March. My oldest will turn 3 on the 11th and my youngest will be turning 1 on the 14. Ugh! I have no idea how we plan on doing the whole "party" thing just yet.

Did you have separate celebrations or were they combined? My oldest gets excited about birthdays and I'm not sure how he'll like "sharing" his birthday/party.

We were thinking about doing one party one weekend and the next party the following weekend. Or something like that. Or since my youngest is only turning one this year, possibly having family over for dinner on his actual birthday.

I don't go all out for parties, but I do try to make them special so I'm not sure I want to have a combined party. My Mom and I both have a birthday this month. The 17th and the 19th. There were many times that we had them combined. I didn't really like it, especially as I got older.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:40:01 PM
My sisters are the 22nd and 23rd of November. They are two years apart. they shared a birthday party most years until teenage years.

My youngest sis has two boys who share a birthday but are three years apart (7 and 4 next month). She does 2 celebrations.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:42:22 PM
My sister and I are just 2 days (and 2 years) apart and my mom made it a point to never have us share a birthday party or dinner. We always had a party with our friends on our day and we got to pick our birthday meal.

I always appreciated the fact that even though it was a lot of work for her in those couple of days, she made a point of making sure we each had our day and actually still does.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:44:00 PM
All 4 of my kids birthdays are within 5 weeks of each other... We do one giant family parry!

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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:44:57 PM
Yes, december 1st and 5th - 2 years 4 days apart. In the beginning we did separate parties but now that they are older 13 & 11 we combine them more.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:49:25 PM
my dd's 4 kids, our grandkids.. the first 2 are one day and 2 years apart, then the next is twins, 2 years and 3 weeks later. so 4 bdays in 3 weeks!! the two older have a combined friend skating party and then 3 weeks later, the twins have the same thing!! at home they each get their own day on their bday!!


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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:49:40 PM
My kids' birthdays are spread out so I don't have personal experience with this.

We never make a big deal out of 1st bdays so the idea to have family over on little one's bday for dinner and a cake sounds good to me!

I would do whatever you would normally do for your older ds.

Definitely give them their own birthday celebration, though!

And it sure doesn't seem like they should be this old already!!!


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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:49:58 PM
My DDs' birthdays are on the 18th and 21st of November, but they are 7 years apart in age, so we've always had a separate celebration for them each. I think it's nice for them to each have a day that's just theirs.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:56:37 PM
My two boys have March birthdays ten days apart. My younger one's birthday has always occurred during Spring Break when we were camping, so his early celebrations were just the family and some store-bought cupcakes. The year we did plan a dual birthday at a lazertag place, he broke his arm days before so he couldn't even participate. All this to say that my youngest has low expectations for his own birthday celebrations! We have since done a combo party for both of them and their friends at a gmnastics place and one at an indoor trampoline place. Neither seemed to mind that it was a combo party. They are now going on 14 and 10, so our older one will probably just have a friend or two over to sleep and play. For my oldest when he was 4, 5 and 6, I did at-home parties for his friends with games, Hot Wheels tracks and pinatas.The older they got, it became less appealing to have all those boys running around my house.

My advice? Give some thought to the kinds of celebrations you are willing to do now and in the future. They may expect what they become used to. A couple of times I thought about doing a party for each a week apart, but then decided I didnt want two weekends of parties in a row.

Good luck! I hope you find a way that works for you and your kids.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 11:01:38 PM
One day apart. The only combined one I've done was at a bowling alley and they had completely separate lanes. Usually one the sat and one the sun or sometimes back to back weekends. I think one time I did back to back the same day. *THAT* was rough.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 11:07:36 PM
My niece and nephew are the 11th and 14th also, only a year apart (7 and 6 now). I think they did combined for a few years but now seperate them. I think it's also harder to combine if they are different gender though.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 11:10:10 PM
Two days apart. 8/6 and 8/8. Three years apart.

I have always had separate parties. One year, after asking them, I did throw a co swim party. They turned 7 and 10 then.

I enjoy having their birthdays as they are. I always give them identical presents and/or a shared present on 8/7 which we call their "inbetween birthday".


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Posted: 1/13/2013 11:11:18 PM
Feb 10 and Feb 12. Then valentines day two days later

My niece was born on my DDs 1st Bday too and that's 4 days after DHs and always thanksgiving week.

Our parties and celebrations are always separate. We have a lot of 'cake' around here during November and February. Though at least they try to choose something like a giant deep dish cookie, brownie 'cake' or cheesecake instead of always traditional birthday cake

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Posted: 1/13/2013 11:41:50 PM
My uncle was born Sept 11, 1954. My mother was born Sept 10, 1960. He is the oldest, she is the youngest. Talk about full circle!

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Posted: 1/13/2013 11:50:29 PM
Mine are 2 weeks apart - I do family party for both - always have - that includes my and dh family.

ETA: I've stopped doing this as of last year actually. My dad was in assisted living and wasn't able to celebrate kids and I don't plan to continue and ask dh mom instead - sister offered to let's plan a day at the beach together as a new way each year now with her and I and kids in lieu of family party.

We always have an immediate family celebration ON that child's birthday day - their favorite dinner and whatever they want for dessert - sometimes they want birthday cake, sometimes brownies and ice cream, one year it was strawberry shortcake.

And then finally kids each have a few kids over - DD does sleepover usually and DS a few kids to play games.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 12:28:30 AM
Yep - June we have 3 birthdays! In 10 days.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 1:07:52 AM
My brothers are Jan 13th and Jan 15th, and I don't remember what my mom did, probably a joint b'day party.

My mom, DH, and DD, all share the same birthday, and that's was usually a joint party until DD got old enough to notice that other people had a day to themselves, so she then got her own parties.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 2:15:31 AM
My daughters, Sophie and Alexandra, on August 29 and 30th. They are 5 years apart in age. We do separate birthday parties every year. And I go all out, which means that for about 3 days, starting on Aug 31, I am wiped out!

I have never combined their parties, and even though I like to have their party on their actual birthday, it sometimes doesn't work out depending on what day of the week their birthday is. We don't do parties on Sundays, and if the kids have afternoon school, it also makes it tough to do a party. So the parties aren't always one day after another, but sometimes I only have one day in between.

It is exhausting, but worth it. They only want big parties for such a short time, I didn't want to ever shortchange them. You have three days in between, which seems like a doable break. I think you should be fine. Just do what you can do, and the kids will love it if it's done with the right attitude.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 3:43:14 AM
My siblings are January 29th/30th and my mom always did separate parties. My bday is December 26th and my memory is of her making a cake on Christmas night!

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Posted: 1/14/2013 5:12:37 AM
Mine are August 12 and 14. But it was easy for me to do separate parties because I have a boy and a girl, and they're four years apart. lol. But my dh's birthday is August 1. Let me just say that by the end of August I am SO tired cake. My birthday is in September and I always requested a cherry pie.

eta: I always fixed whatever they wanted for dinner on the night of their actual birthday, plus their cake. Then they would have their party with friends on whatever weekend we could work it out. There were a few years where dd had hers in September simply because we could never get all her friends in town at the same time over the summer.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 6:05:57 AM
I guess if it's a friend party you'd have to do it separate.

My kids are 13 1/2 months just before Christmas and one in early February ... When they were small it was just easier on family (that lived 70 miles away) to have a combined party in January.

I let them each pick what kind of cake they wanted. We sang separately and took turns opening gifts.

It worked for us. To be honest, we acknowledge birthdays and celebrate, but not in the Party Store kind of way


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Posted: 1/14/2013 6:26:49 AM
My SIL' s two girls have birthdays 1 day apart (3 years and 364 days apart). They always had parties together until they were teenagers.

Mostly, it was a family get together. They only had a handful of parties with friends over.

I waited until my kids were in pre-K before having a party with their friends and even then we only did the kid party thing once or twice.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 6:43:49 AM
My boys have the same birthday, born 2 years apart. Thus far, we have had joint parties, but I don't know if that will hold up over time. If they want to have them
together, fine, but if not, I can see doing one party the weekend before, and one the weekend after.

We'll still do a cake and presents with just our family on the actual birthday, though.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 6:55:02 AM
My siblings and I have birthdays right after Christmas all in a week and we had our own days. We only did parties every other year so that helped. And when it was just my brother and I we did two joint parties with a set of twins from our school. Our parents rented the skating rink and there were 3 entire classes of kids there.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 6:57:11 AM
Two girls, that have birthdays 8 days apart. So they are almost 24 months apart in age.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 7:37:55 AM
My brother is two years and two days younger than me. The actual date of our birthdays has always been our own; I'd have a couple of friends over for birthday tea on mine, my brother on his. I remember one year my parents organised a surprise joint birthday party for us- it was the best!


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Posted: 1/14/2013 8:01:53 AM
My kids are 2 years less 4 days apart.

When DS was 3 and DD was 1, we gave them their own parties. DS's was with friends and DD had a family-only "baby's first birthday" party.

When they were 4/2, we did a combined circus themed party. It was easy because they were both in daycare and shared a circle of friends. They each got their own cake but it was one combined party.

When they were 5/3, we did a hybrid party. We did a pirates party for him and a mermaids party for her, but at the same time. The pirates were at one end of the table and mermaids at the other. They had different loot bags and tableware but the activities for the kids were all pretty much the same.

When they were 6/4, we did a zoo-themed combined party, and hired an exotic animal guy to come to the house. Again, separate cakes, everything else the same.

Since then, we have done separate parties. We always keep them on different weekends. Since their birthdays are the 9th and 13th of April, we have to contend with Easter some years as well, so the parties may be a week or two before or after the big date.

On the actual birthday we have gramma and grampa come over for cupcakes with each of them.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 8:07:11 AM
I would totally have both my boys party together, less stress, they are close in age, same sex, omg, I would kill for that luck.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 8:07:57 AM
Combined parties when they were small - gymnastics, pool, etc - with separate cakes. Then individual parties as they got older, usually one a couple weeks before and the other a couple weeks after the actual birthday. We will probably combine again when they are older.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 8:21:22 AM
I don't, but I do have experience with it.

My son & niece are 2 weeks apart, and they have actually had several shared parties over the years. And it has always been a lot of fun.

We have some people who know both kids and would have gone to both parties and brought 2 gifts, anyway, so it's no biggie for them. They actually get out of a 2nd party.

And the folks who only know one or the other just come to party with that in they only are sent an invite with one kid's name and they bring one gift.

Even last year, when they were 9 & 10 they asked for a shared party. They held it later than both birthdays, on memorial Day, so that we could roll the holiday into the celebration as well. People arrived early enough to go to the parade in town, and then walked back to the house for a cook-out and lots of outdoor activities designed to cool off on a hot day.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 8:23:37 AM
Also, growing up, my cousins (boy/girl siblings) had birthdays 2 days apart. Despite opposite genders and about 6 years between them, they often shared parties as well.

Same thing....they each invited their own people and hung out with them, but everyone partied at the same time.

In all cases each kid did have their own cake and everyone sang twice...once to each kid.

It won't likely be a big deal to your boys at all as long as you don't make it seem like one, kwim?

Keep using the phrase "One big party" and your older DS will likely be excited.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 8:23:58 AM
My two daughters have birthdays which are pretty close. We celebrate each one's birthday separately. We don't do joint parties because they are not very close in age... one is in elementray school and one is a toddler, so needless to say, their friends and interests are not the same. It seems to work out well and I actually think it's fun having their birthdays close together! It's a week of celebrations!

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Posted: 1/14/2013 8:24:59 AM
My kid's birthdays are far enough apart that they don't share parties, BUT my August baby shares with 3 of his cousins and my January baby shares with 1 of her cousins. Frees up weekends for everyone and that is much appreciated! We don't generally do friend parties unless they choose to have a couple friends sleepover though so we are different than most that way

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Posted: 1/14/2013 8:57:08 AM
I have a boy girl and they are 3yr16days apart

Only time we ever combined was the time we were in Disneyland and Mickey had a party for them

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Posted: 1/14/2013 9:04:45 AM
My boys are 6 years apart with bdays 5 days apart. We always acknowledge their individual days with a special meal, or other things just for them .. Some years they each have an individual friend party (usually not the same year). Then we do a family party for them together on a weekend around their bdays.
My youngest (4-tomorrow) just had his first friend party this year, and my older son (10 last week) will have some friends over on a weekend soon (when we can find one that works around basketball)
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Posted: 1/14/2013 9:07:08 AM
My youngest and middle dd's are 6 days apart July 31,1981 and July 25,1990. My oldest dd's birthday is Dec.26,1978 and my ds's birthday is Dec.3,1985.We always had separate parties for them.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 9:23:37 AM
My two are 14 days apart (almost 2 year apart) (right after Christmas to boot!). When they were little we did one party usually at a place where we could set up separate tables so they each sat with their own friends, had their own decorations and their own cake. Two years we did it at an indoor pool that had two pools, each child had a pool but before long it ended up both years with the boys in one pool and the girls in the other! They loved those parties! After that we separated the parties by about a month. One had theirs early and the other had theirs late. Never a big deal to them.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 9:24:01 AM
My girls are Dec 21st and Dec 27th. They are the same age for 6 days. When they were little we'd have a combined party, one theme, two cakes, two pinatas, two sets of friends, but we would always have the parties in June and make it a half-birthday. We found it was too hectic to try to actually have a party at Christmas. Now that they are teens, they have seperate parties, and they might be a month early or a month late, whatever they feel like.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 9:31:48 AM
My oldest ds24 and my baby dd17 are June 21 and June 22. We always had the family party the same but always had separate cakes, except for one year and my dd will never let me forget it!!! Since they are seven years apart, kid parties were always separate.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 9:31:50 AM
My dd's birthdays are 11 days apart and in December. It is hard enough having one December birthday when everyone is so busy so we have always done a joint party on the weekend between their birthday and then on their actual birthday they get a special dinner and their own cake and presents.

This year my 8 year old requested her own party but we ended up doing a big family activity of her choosing. She chose to go to a local kid playground place the weekend closest to her birthday and the 6 year old chose to go to the bowling/arcade on the following weekend.

I will probably start doing individual parties next year.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 10:07:01 AM

Did you have separate celebrations or were they combined? My oldest gets excited about birthdays and I'm not sure how he'll like "sharing" his birthday/party.

My sister and I have birthdays 9 days apart and my mom did a combined birthday once and I have a grumpy face in every picture from that year. I HATED it. The one thing that should be YOURS is your birthday, IMO!

My mom even did separate parties for the twins.

I know there will be some that love the shared birthday, but man alive, I cannot imagine having to share my day with someone else in any way!

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Posted: 1/14/2013 10:11:17 AM
With the baby turning one this year, I would probably separate them, because there is so much fuss over the first birthday. After that, I don't know. It really depends on your families, your finances, and your free time. I would probably combine them for just family parties, then when they are old enough to have friend parties, I would separate.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 10:20:19 AM
My brother's birthday is the day after mine. He's 4 years younger. But we didn't celebrate birthdays until I was 13.

All of our parties were combined, and they were all family parties. I don't remember having a friend birthday party. And after age 16, there weren't any parties. So I had a party at 13, 14, 15 and 16 -- all family, combined with my brother.

I think after that, my brother just had a friend or two sleepover and that was about it.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 10:21:48 AM
My brothers' birthdays are 5 days apart but I can't remember any of us having "friend parties" and none of our grandparents lived anywhere near us so we just had a combined cake each year for them as I recall.

My 2 DDs are 13 days apart (late August and early September) and Labour Day weekend always falls in the middle. So we'd usually had their separate parties for their friends and a joint family party as the grandparents have a 2-4 hour drive each way so this way they come to both.

One time we rented a pool with slides, etc and had a joint kids and family party as there was so much room. They are 3 years apart in age so the kids were all tweens, early teens and it was a lot of fun.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 10:23:23 AM
My sister and I are 1 year and 9 days apart. The entire time we were growing up we did the same schedule. I neither hated it nor liked it. It is just what I am used to.

We each got to pick our own dinner and cake on our birthdays and then we had a joint party (our own friends individually) on the weekend between our birthdays, frequently that was Easter weekend, with a shared cake. Now as adults we use that weekend as a good excuse to get everyone together and have dinner.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 11:06:20 AM
Yep. My oldest son turned 14 on the 7th (of this month)
I turned 40 on the 11th (of this month)
And my youngest will turn 7 on Jan. 16th.

My hubby is BROKE!

They have separate parties/get together's w/their friends.

After we get back from Disneyworld, my 14yr old is taking his 5 best friends up to Milwaukee for lazer tag and comedy sports. He had a birthday donut and presents on the actual day... did not want much else, but we're waiting on his lil' party till it gets nicer outside.

And my 7yr old is having a Jake and the Neverland pirates party on wednesday w/presents, and balloons, and cake! He wants the whole works, and my 14 yr old is like, nope.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 1:38:46 PM
My sister and I are 5 years and 2 days apart. She was born on Jan 20th and I am on the 22nd and we have always had our birthdays together but had separate cakes! We still celebrate with a party together!


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Posted: 1/14/2013 2:53:59 PM
My older 2 kids are almost 2 years apart with birthdays falling 5 days apart on the calendar. We typically celebrate together, though they get their own cake. We aren't big birthday party people but I make sure to take treats to their school class. I also eat lunch with them that day and bring in takeout of their choice.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 3:03:21 PM
My brother was born the day before my ninth birthday. We always had a family gathering together for our birthdays, but each a party with our school friends because of the age difference. Once I was old enough to drive, we started to do special things together. I would take us to a play at the local theater and he would "pay" for dinner (funded by my parents or grandparents). As he into high school, we went into NYC for a Broadway play. Those were such special times. As adults, married with families of our own, we would still try and get together when possible, but we would always call and talk on our birthdays. My brother had bi-polar disorder and took his own life in 2002. I miss him desperately and no longer observe my birthday because it's still such a huge loss. DH and I do something special for Valentine's Day instead. But I never resented having our birthdays so close together. He was my special gift.

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