What has happened to children’s birthday parties these days?
I remember my birthday parties being lots of fun without the need for expensive entertainment or going to a soft play centre. We used to have a party at our house (OK I was lucky being a July baby we sometimes got to go out in the garden!), Mum and Dad would make a nice buffet with the usual suspects, sandwiches, sausage rolls, etc and Mum would MAKE a fantastic birthday cake. We used to make our own entertainment either playing pass the parcel, musical statues or just running around/dancing.
Little Mr A went to his first birthday party of the school year today. It was at our local village hall and there was a magician. Not just any magician, a finalist for child’s entertainer of the year! He had real birds and a real rabbit. He was a very good kid’s entertainer but he obviously cost a fair few quid. For lunch all the kids had a lunchbox with whatever sandwich they’d pre-booked, crisps, sausage roll, yoghurt and a cake and they all got two drinks each. There was then tea and coffee and a buffet for the parents! The birthday cake was not just a supermarket bought one it had obviously been made by a professional cake maker. No-one even got a slice of it! They all got given posh cup cakes! All the children got a party bag packed full with chocolates and little toys and they all had a balloon gun/flower made.
Although it was a great party and the kids loved it I can’t help feeling it’s become a bit of a competition between parents of who can throw the best party. I certainly don’t feel hard done by from the parties my parents used to give me, we always had a great time.
We have had a party at a soft play centre for Little Mr A one year but, as he was at nursery, we only invited around 10 friends, he certainly won’t be going this year with all his school friends!
I would love to throw him a party at home like we used to have but if all the parents are staying are we supposed to entertain and feed them to? Why can’t we leave our children at the party and collect them later? I remember being taken to parties, left and then picked up. I can’t remember my parents ever having to stay? And, if the parents do stay the whole time, where are we supposed to put everyone?!
Oh well suppose we best get saving for Little Mr A’s birthday in August!