At age five I throw my kids a "friends" birthday party. They seem to really want one at that age, and are able to enjoy it. I'm sure there will be other years when they really want a party, but so far they've chosen a birthday "experience" for all other birthdays. We've done a trip to Thanksgiving Point, a Fall Foilage Train ride, a Blue Man Group performance, day trips to the seacoast and family trips to the movies.
He opened his gifts and had his cupcakes at the hotel too.
And now he is six!
I love this kid so much. He has an amazing brain. Did I tell you that at 5 years old he was able to formulate the idea that a black hole's gravity was so strong that light can't escape it? (The only reason I know that is I'm married to a physicist.)
This kid is going places.
He's also a mama's boy and probably my biggest fan. And who wouldn't love that?