Sunday, January 9, 2011
Thoughts on kids birthday parties...
It did, however, teach me more about birthday parties in this day and age.
- the three-year-olds were the best behaved. There was one kid of about 7 who was obnoxious enough for the whole group.
- kids don't open presents at their parties these days, I guess it's considered poor ettiquette. our parties used to go *play games-eat cake-open gifts*. This time we just handed them over to a huge table and went about our business
- parents stay (which I like because I don't know anyone whose house I'm visiting ahead of time), and the hosting parents provide lovely nibblies including brie and fruit and a really great guac ;-)
The disappointing but not so surprising:
- You need a gimmick. A theme is a minimum, but it seems destination parties are better. We missed one over the break that was at a health complex with a kids zone, and then there was the Gymboree party. What ever happened to taking kids to McD's and buying happymeals?
- Wine and beer? i understand it's for the moms and dads (duh), but really, if you need beer to enjoy a kids party you have other issues.
- The size of the gifts was intimidating. I like to give books, coloring books, stickers, etc. - creative things. The boxes looked like they contained Big Wheels or something. If I put out even $20 on a gift, that means averaging hundreds of dollars a year going to all the classmates' parties. Nuh-uh.
N. hasn't had a party yet and likely won't until we move back home. We have the tradition of the Grammie Birthday Visit, which we really enjoy. Plus, our apartment can't hold that many people, we can't afford a 'destination', and I would rather spend money on food and clothes for my own family than camembert for 30 other adults.
When we do have one, my theme will be "crafty afternoon with stuff I have in my stash", whether it's all boys, or boys and girls ;-)