Melissa Etheridge Planning Small Fête for Twins' Birthday

10/07/2009 at 08:00 AM ET
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Celebrity parents are famous for throwing over-the-top birthday parties, but it’s a trend that Melissa Etheridge says she eschews with her children Bailey Jean, 12 ½, Beckett, 10 ½, and soon-to-be 3-year-old twins Miller Steven and Johnnie Rose.

To the contrary, the 48-year-old songstress tells OK! that she and wife Tammy Lynn prefer “small parties” for their brood. Melissa explains,

“I believe that small children need small parties. They don’t need large, huge things, so we just have friends and family over, and each of them get their own birthday cakes. We always home-make everything.”

As the twins start preschool and Bailey settles into middle school, Melissa knows her way around the classroom. “I’ve got the whole range of school experiences,” she notes. “I just love watching my kids grow.” Adding that her wife and children make her “incredibly happy,” Melissa reveals,

“When I am surrounded by my whole family, I’m completely at peace.”

Source: OK!

— Missy

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Kelly on

THREE already!!!! My how time has flown by!

Sara on

Love her!

Allie-Rose on

I can’t believe Johnnie and Miller are almost 3 already!!

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Wow, I can’t believe the twins are going to be 3yo!! It seems just like yesterday that they were born.

Clair on

like everyone else i can’t believe they are going to be three already

meghan on

I cannot believe Bailey is 12! I remember her birth announcment!!

martina on

I am so glad to see Melissa happy. It’s just wonderful.

michelle on

I am so thankful that Melissa and Julie have maintained a civil relationship for Bailey and Beckett. It could have gotten really ugly with Melissa not having a biological relation to them. However, biological or not – she is one of their mothers. It makes me happy to see couples (any couples) put their children first.

And I can’t believe the twins are three. Would love to see recent pictures of them.

Melissa Etheridge Eco-Friendly Street Team on

Hey … if Tammy’s making those special cupcakes who wouldn’t want to come throw down at that “little tots” party. Wait … that isn’t a sugar substitute. LMAO! I get it and that is all that really matters.

Enjoy life.

Sam & Freya's Mum on

what a refreshing attitude, compared to the OTT attitude of some other well known parents that crop up on here, lol..Good on her, making it simple rather than treating them like little adults who need some extravaganza!

Ellen on

Sadly Julie and Melissa do not have an amicabale relationship which is such a shame. Melissa’s girlfriend has a blog and mentioned several times in the last few years about the issues they have.
It’s amazing how time flies. 3 already. Wow!

MiB on

Those parties are the best and I hope that they are back in vouge again when and if I’m ever blessed with children. Because that’s what they’re getting!

Miss. Cyanide on

@ 11. Ellen

I didn’t know that they did not have an amicable relationship. I’ve read Tammy’s blog and I’ve never read anything of sorts. Do you remember which was the specific blog? Bailey is going to be 13… they’re so big already. Melissa deserves so much to be happy. 🙂