Birthday parties… they’re a complicated business right?
Which side of the fence do you stand on?
Are they misery wrapped in shiny paper or joy bundled up in a bow?
Well, this year I made the decision not to do a party. Here are my reasons why.
Parties are expensive!
Let’s talk about the guest list. Everyone from school seem to be invited, plus family, cousins, nursery friends and the twins from dance camp three years ago. Doing a party at home isn’t an option for us as we don’t have the space, we had a party in our local dance studio last year but it cost £10 a head which adds up fast.
What do you put in them? All the plastic ‘stuff’ is pricey. The teacher in me wouldn’t just allow me to fill them with aimless rubbish – so last year we bought colouring books, then these needed bigger bags and pencil sets… you see where I’m going here…
Pass the Parcel
Paper cuts – need I say more?
There’s always that fear about having 28 kids confirmed and then no-one showing up. What happens if my poor little dear ends up with noone able to make it and they cancel on the day? Argh!
I love making Holly’s yearly birthday cake. Hooooowever, this often becomes a massive udnertaking. Damn you Pinterest for making things look easy! I always end up pulling an all nighter to make a three tiered, pink blended Shopkin wonder! See previous cake attempts here.
It’s all over
Then – it’s done. The tears of not winning the games, things not going to plan, Ariel having a scary wonky wig… was it worth the hundreds of pounds these things cost?!
Do you remember that really good party where… oh no wait… because most parties end up being pretty similar and trying to make one that’s different isn’t an easy task!
This year we’re not so sure about the party lark. So I had a chat with Holly and we decided to go on an adventure instead this year. We’ve planned a three day girls trip to London with all sorts of bells and whistles. Three days in London – and it works out cheaper than last year’s Pirate vs Princess Party!
Maybe I’m being too cynical? What are your thoughts on the party business?