My friend Dawn wrote an article for Greenbelt Patch: Birthday Bash Burdens that got me thinking. I hope you'll read her whole article, because she touches on the core issues that parents must face including
- treat bags (My thought -- can we just call for a nationwide moratorium on them??)
- gifts (mostly when/if to open them)
- guest lists
His birthday is on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, but I think that I'm going to bite the bullet and have the party that evening. We have a nice big backyard with lots of seating and our awesome pool, so I'm thinking "Pool Party." We had a few when Amanda was younger and we lived here before, and it's usually fun. The entertainment is built in, and I don't have to worry so much about limiting the guest list (unless it rains -- I think I'll have to build in a rain date).
At our neighborhood Easter Egg hunt, there was a balloon artist there, and I got their card. I'm not sure how much they would charge, but it would be fun to have them come by for an hour to give the kids a fun take-home balloon. They were pretty creative and very FAST.
So agony? or defeat? Generally a little of both.
Basically, I love having birthday parties for my kids, but I'm usually pretty laid back about it. I've planned all of their parties, but my post about Kyle's party last year sums it up: Happy Birthday - Slacker Mom Style, and I was also pretty proud of the Group Party we had at the park the year before.
This post is beginning to feel like a brain dump, but I do hope you'll go back and read Dawn's article, and then I welcome you to dump your thoughts about birthday parties right here. What do you love about them? What do you hate about them?