July is the month in our house where the birthday roller coaster crests its first tall hill and begins the crazy wild ride that is non-stop until after Thanksgiving. So far my youngest has turned four, my oldest has hit double digits at ten, my brother has hit the down hill slide toward forty (36) and I have turned thirty...something. My father is next, then my husband, my middle child, my mother and my mother in law. I know I'm missing someone. It's what I do. One day I'll have an iPhone that will sync with my iCalendar and keep me iStraight.
In the interest of not re-inventing the wheel, here are some links I like for simplifying the birthday party process and one of my favorite links for gift buying that gives back.
To be honest, sometimes simplification means letting someone else do the cooking (and candle lighting) for you!