1). They are expensive. You have to get goody bags for all the kids, cake, and then if you have it at a venue...it is no less than $300.
2). They stress me out! Coming up with a theme, trying to entertain 10 or so kids...It just does! I so wish I was one of these pinterest moms who could whip up a beautiful, creative party for my girls but it's just not in my genes.
3). They don't need all those gifts...period!
So with all that being said, we rotate each year for parties. One year the girls just have a family outing and then the opposite year they can choose to have a party with friends or they can opt to go somewhere with just our family. When Morgan turned 12 we started giving her the option of a party or just taking the money we would spend on a party and going shopping--you can guess what she has chosen every year:) and honestly, I love it!
So this year McKinley wanted to stay overnight in Orlando, go to the American girl store and have dinner (She just wanted it to be the two of us and her doll for dinner) and then go walk around Downtown Disney. So that is what we did.
While we were shopping and having dinner David & Madison had dinner and Morgan brought a friend so they we shopping at the mall the whole time...Everyone was Happy, Happy, Happy
McKinley bought matching pj's and a shirt:)
And 2 hours later she looked like this:)