By The Wiz
I do not care that birthdays mark you as one year older. I do not care that they mean my kids are older, and closer to leaving the house. I Do care, however, that they mean parties. And birthday parties are death.
I am preparing for my daughter’s 6th birthday party. She’s upset that everyone tells her she looks four, but that’s a different subject altogether. She has chosen a ‘flower’ theme, which could not be more appropriate for 17 degree weather. So we are pretending it’s Spring, which is kind of fun.
So I just bought all the supplies and what not, and let me tell you, these people are making money hand over fist. Every teeny little thing, costing $2.49, adds up pretty quickly.
The questions abound: What to send in the gft bags? Not too much, and not crappy stuff, since it just gets tossed in the trash. I went for little cloth gift bags this year, hopefully the kids will like them and keep them a little longer.
What to do at the party? How long will each actvity take? 15 minutes or 2 seconds? And should I have back up activites?
Who to invite? And do I have to make cute invitations, or can I just send cards? I actually did make little flowers for the invite, my first foray into the cutesy. Normally I do pre-printed cards, but this looked easy, so I did it.
And so, we are having 8 children, not including my 3. The gift bags have 3 items in them, and nothing plastic in them, not including the pinata candy. I have 4 activities planned, hopefully with the cake and present opening, I can kill 2 hours. Hopefully I will survive this ordeal. I am so having a girls night out when it’s over.
We do have a rule. Friends birthday parties only when they turn an even number, beginning at age four. (For heaven’s sake, a one year old does not need a huge party. A one year old needs a nap.). Other than that, family parties only. That way, I only have to endure the madness every other year.
So, I send my plea to you moms: help me stop the birthday party arms race! Please don’t have huge elaborate parties with clowns, magicians, 3 bouncy castles, and gift bags with game boys in them. Help me spread the idea that having a small party at your house is normal, acceptable, and even a privilege. And must we do gift bags? How many “bad mommy points” do I get if I skip those next time?
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