My kids birthday parties are really mine. Or I should say – the ones I always wanted and never had.
My mum had me on New Year’s Eve. The worst day to be born out of them all – trumped only by being born on Christmas Day.
I never had many parties. Everyone was always away. So I swore my kids would have one every year. And I do, or I should say they do. Every one of them.
We have had jumping castles, animal farms, bowling parties, play centre shindigs. Fairy parties, Luna Park, rainbow parties, pink parties, whitewater rafting, circus parties – the list goes on and on. We have invited whole classes and had smaller ones. This year we have an Octonauts party planned for master 2, miss 8 had a pink party, and miss soon to be 7 is planning. Then there’s the upcoming last babies 1st birthday.
The kids get to say what they want (to a degree) then I have my input. I hate kids being left out – I’ve been the parent of the child who wasn’t invited and it isn’t nice. Every kid loves a party.
My husband generally leaves me to organise them, and doesn’t protest too much over the guest list or the bills that come with it. The kids get a dinner on their birthdays as well, and lots of presents. The thing I love as much as parties is giving gifts. Especially to the kids. They wake up to a sea of presents. I let them open them.
You may think they sound spoilt but they’re not. It’s birthdays and Christmas they are – and I’m totally reliving my childhood doing it. They don’t expect – they appreciate. They love giving too.
Despite all the effort I’ve come to realise there’s 3 things that make a party:
1. Fairy bread
3. Lolly bags – you have to have them. The more filled with junk the better. Kids rate parties on the lolly bag. We have been to a few where they weren’t given out. My kids are too well trained to mention their absence. But I’ve seen kids throw tantrums asking for them – and I don’t blame them.
I’ve decided to try and tone it down from this year onwards ……. right after I source an elephant to give rides at Ella’s first birthday.