Children’s parties…….what the heck has happened?
At what point did it become necessary to feel as though we need to throw extravaganza parties for our precious little beings right from age 1????
Inflatable castles, hiring a fairy or clown or even a horse. Yep, guilty!
Do we have Donna Hay to blame?
Every year she puts out her fabulous kids issue and I get all excited about these wonderful, creative food ideas and themes that I am an absolute sucker for it!! It’s all in the styling I’m sure.
Or is it just social pressure that makes us do it?
Well, all the friends in my children’s social circle have one every year, so I would hate for them to feel like the odd one out!
Why is it that every party I organize, from the time I wake, I have butterflies as there is always so much to prepare. Then, there is the general tidying up of the house, so the parents of the guests don’t think we live like animals!!!
Then there is the cake. Don’t get me started! Oh, the requests for animals, Pokemon characters and the like and pirate chests (didn’t that turn out to be a disaster!)
How about games? Right, well let’s try and get those right because we want everyone to participate and not miss out. Whose idea was it anyway, to get all politically correct with pass the parcel and put a lolly in between each layer and then it is rigged so everyone gets a turn to unwrap a layer??? We need to harden these kids up! Life wasn’t meant to be easy sunshine!
Let me tell you about a party we threw for Crumble #2 for his 7th birthday and we played Pin the Tail on the Donkey. One little critter (unbeknown to Cookie Senior and I) decided to put a little something he extracted from his nose right next to the tail. So, when it came to his turn, all he had to do was feel around for it and there you have it. Bingo!! We have got ourselves our winner! Genius! Is it not?
At the same party, I recall hearing a child say “this party is boring!”
Tell you what, I almost turned him around to use his backside for the before mentioned game!!! Did he not realize I was up until 1 a.m icing a flipping rocket cake?
Now that we have had all our children’s birthdays until December, from now on, it will be K.I.S.S.
That’s right people!
Keep It Simple Stupid!
Because after all, our kids will remember the simplest parties when mum didn’t have a coronary stressing about propping up a treasure chest or dropping icing on the floor because she was frantic trying to be super mum.