Kids Birthday Parties Gone Wild....
I'm sure everyone has seen this demanding email by now. After reading it I first thought 'poor child' and then it started me thinking about birthday parties in general for little people. I don't know about you but birthday parties when I was younger meant some cake and ice cream and opening (modest) gifts for the lucky birthday girl or boy. Times have changed, yes? For the better? Not really.
We've all heard about the parties for celebs kids which are over the top outrageous but how many of us have been to a party with the same outrageous-ness (new word I just made up) just on a smaller scale? In a world where bigger is better how can we top a really BIG fest next year? People spend hundreds and thousands (!) of dollars on their little prince or princesses parties. There are even party planners for kids birthday parties. Who knew?
We've done big parties here and small ones and I think the smaller ones are more memorable for the kids. The year we did a 'field day' type of party and I believe every child we've ever met was invited (and attended) was they year I said 'enough'. Since then I've tried to keep it smallish.
Until a party planner was born. When my daughter turned 13 in January she wanted to go all out. Oy! But she did everything herself and we kept the costs down (I'm good at that!) I'm wondering what next year will bring?
One thing I know is that the Dollar Tree is your best friend when planning your party budget. It's the best place to get all the paper products for the fete. Remember, it all gets thrown out about 5 seconds after you serve that cake so why pay an arm and leg for it?
The other thing I know is that I have never and will never send you an email with my gift demands for my precious little angel.