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Mummy Confession 4.0

April 4, 2015

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 ย do, or I should say they do. ย 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.

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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.

 

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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 ย I’ve come to realise there’s 3 things that make a party:

1. Fairy bread

2. Balloons

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.

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7 Comments

  • Reply Ingrid April 4, 2015 at 8:01 am

    yep! Nye sucks! This year were having a lego party and a farmyard one (I think). My kids are too young to have any input so far, so it’s all me:)))

    • Reply MumToFive April 4, 2015 at 9:20 am

      It certainly does. They sound like great parties ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Skye Evans April 4, 2015 at 8:48 am

    If you source that elephant can I please be invited!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply MumToFive April 4, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Absolutely! X

      • Reply Ingrid April 4, 2015 at 9:31 am

        Me too? I can bring the peanuts! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Maraya April 4, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    ha well you know where I stand on these types of parties! I was going to do low key this year then thought- who am I kidding? I have a reputation to uphold! ๐Ÿ˜‰ after the unicorns this year I’m thinking under the sea next year. Abtine know where I can source some mermaids? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply MumToFive April 4, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      I was mid writing this when I saw beautiful Tully’s party. A mermaid could prove as hard as an elephant! X

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