We have a few rules about birthday celebrations: 1. Kid Choice on location/theme 2. Mom choice on cookies 3. No crying. We've pretty much stuck to these 3 rules with great success. So for D's normally difficult to plan winter celebration one year, he make a great choice to do a weekend at a ski resort with just a few close family members/friends. The result was a great weekend of snow tubing for the kids, and mom got free reign on theme. I had been wanting to do some lumberjack treats and cookies for a while, and the bonus was that I successfully made all adults and kids wear cute beards.