I am a fan of all birthdays but, prefer intimate gatherings with lots of family and a few friends. Sometimes parents and grandparents can put too much emphasis on the party and presents and forget the real reason behind the get-together in the first place: celebrating a successful year of fun-filled life with a special kid. Birthdays need three basic elements: invitations, a cake and somewhere to be held. Secondary considerations are food, games and entertainment. Make sure you give yourself a few weeks to put your plan into action and don't forget to take lots of pictures! A great resource for party planning is my local friends Maria Ogara and Athena Delgado. They are a mother/daughter team who own Sweet Callings Creations. They do piñatas, decorations, centerpieces and portraits. A fantastic resource for those in a party mood.