Birthday bonanza: Celebrating the children’s special days

Published 8:31 pm Monday, March 4, 2024

I should have planned better.

My oldest three children’s birthdays are each about two weeks apart, starting on Feb. 25, so I started calling this time of year, the birthday season.

As a young mom, per the custom of the day, children’s birthday parties were a big to-do.

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One mother had taken large refrigerator boxes and turned them into cars for the kids to play in. I remember another friend making a cabbage patch doll cake, which had been the theme of her daughter’s party.

I’m telling you; I have some creative and artistic friends and they hosted birthday parties their children will always remember.

Well of course, I wanted to do the same, thus the birthday season.

One of my all-time favorite parties I had for my oldest daughter was a tea party at The Corner’s Mansion Inn.

All the little girls came dressed in their finest and brought their favorite doll, which for most was an American Girl Doll — and I’m not talking about the dolls now made by Mattel. I am referring to the dolls made by the Pleasant Company in Middleton, Wis.; the ones that are actually collectors’ items.

The party had been a total success and to top it off, Laurin Stamm, who was the food editor at The Vicksburg Post at the time, came and took pictures for a story she did for her weekly column.

Talk about a birthday to remember.

And then there was the bowling alley party for my son. I will never forget that party! Those little boys were so loud, I am pretty sure my ears rang for days.

Then there were the Easter-themed birthday parties I had for my second oldest daughter. Her birthday is March 30, so quite often it falls right around Easter.

One year I made bunny rabbit cakes, while another, we had her young guests help plant a tree in the back yard that had plastic Easter eggs tied all over the branches.

Goodness, just recalling those parties makes me feel tired. However, not as tired and worn out as I felt after the last guest had left the party and all the wrapping paper thrown away.

Now that the children are older, obviously, I am not throwing birthday parties like I did when they were young, but I still try to make their days special if it is just with a funny card, a special happy or on most occasions a little cash.

Birthdays may not be a big deal to some, and the older I get, I am not certain I want to even remember mine; however, I do want them to keep coming.

Because the longer they do, the more birthdays I get to celebrate with the people I love the most.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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