I’ve been thinking about birthday parties lately. I love a good party. My kids love a good party. But you know who doesn’t love throwing a good party? My sanity.
I am just not willing to deal with the kind of pressure that is “children’s birthday parties in these, the latter days”. (Okay, there have been a few times I thought about it, but my brilliant husband reminded me of my inner stance against “The Man”) I sometimes feel like the following are prerequisites for birthday parties today:
2.) Themed decorations
3.) 2-3 Themed activities
4.) Themed cake
5.) Themed ice cream
6.) Themed gifts
7.) Themed party favors
8.) Themed take home craft
What the? What happened to: invite people over you see at church, play outside, then have cake and ice cream? Where did the simplicity go? I blame Pinterest. I had one birthday party growing up. ONE! We had non-themed cake and non-themed ice cream and then skated at the skate rink in our non-themed 90's whitewashed jeans. My mom was one smart woman only allowing one birthday party. Think of all the stress she avoided. Plus, by not over doing it on birthday parties she helped keep me level-headed and grateful for what I did get instead of guiding me on a path of greedy expectations. (Which, of course, doesn’t apply to all children, but probably would have been the case for me.) I’m glad to know that their energy was spent with me at my favorite restaurant (KFC baby!) instead of planning a NKOTB party with Joey bobble head party favors.
That being said, we still love invites to birthday parties, even if they are themed. Because after all, nothing says friendship more than the themed “bring you kid over to my house for a couple hours so I can entertain them while you go to the grocery store all by yourself" party.