On birthdays: There’s not the same "Pinterest Mom" culture here, with its emphasis on perfect-looking dinners, birthday parties, kids' rooms, etc. Birthday parties only have one theme—birthdays. The cakes are store-bought and simple. Birthday invitations are just the fill-in-the blank invites you get at the grocery store. The first time I got an invitation for my son, I almost sobbed because I couldn't believe life could be so simple. No one was slaving away at night gluing googly eyes on the PERFECT invitation.
I love this! Another friend who has a small baby started going to the one year olds' birthdays in her Mother's Group and she nearly died- she emailed me "…it's like a blood sport! It's so competitive it is crazy! These cakes, these huge over the top cakes and invites and the whole theme decoration etc, for a one year old! I am so glad mine wasn't first, I HAVENT SLEPT IN A YEAR- I find it hard enough to wash my hair!!" (There was way more swearing in the original)So what changed? Remember when we were young - the parties were like the ones described above, and most of the ones we have been to have been like the one described in Northern Ireland.
Now, don't get me wrong, I am all for a bit of Pinterest party ideas, but the reason I am writing all of this is that I started to feel pressured by what I was seeing on blogs etc and that started me thinking will Marlos' party be good enough? I need to plan more games and activities and this and that etc etc but shortly after when I slapped myself in the face I realised this is not me! I don't mind if other people do that, in fact I am in awe of their organisation skills and creativity but it's just not me. I do love the idea Kate mentioned about asking one child to stay for the day, it certainly made the afternoon happy, and the post party meltdown was delayed until bedtime.
We threw streamers around the room, blew up balloons and that's it really. The girls decorated cup cakes, which we did for Marlo's 5th birthday too. The giggled and squealed and ate lollies. Mostly, they just wanted to play in the cubby.
I think it depends on how many kids you invited as to how organised you need to be, 4 seven year old girls are pretty good at entertaining themselves and they all know each other well. I think it's ok to be low key, and low key can still be pretty. And we do like pretty.
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