Recently my daughter has attended several birthday parties for her friends. Â And in each case, they have been basically blow outs.
Â They have been held either at venues with bowling or skating or even arts and crafts.Â Now mind you, I am just as guilty as all these other parents, I have thrown her parties always somewhere else, in other words, outside of my home.Â I have always used the excuse, at least my home isnâ€™t being destroyed and I didnâ€™t have to clean up.Â But I guess because there have been so many recently, this got me to thinkingâ€¦when did we stop having the fun, home, party games type birthday parties?
I remember when I was throwing my daughters first real birthday party (you know, the ones they can actually remember).Â Being new at this, I reached out to one of the other parents from her school for advice.Â I was given several themes (yes, themes!) for ideas and told to be sure not to forget the parting goodie bags for each child.Â First of all, I get the theme idea that actually was helpful with decorating and the cake.Â But the goodie-bag thing totally threw me.Â I can understand giving goodie bags to sponsors at a fundraiser but â€œparting giftsâ€ for a childâ€™s birthday?Â Really?Â Isnâ€™t the parting gift the fact that I just paid for this party!
Now before anyone thinks I am just being cheap here, think about this.Â By the time you purchase the bags and stuff that goes in them, each bag can end up costing 4 to 5 bucks.Â And that may seem like no big deal, until you invite 20 to 25 kidsâ€¦then it really can add up!
However, just for the record, if you havenâ€™t guessed, I did fall in line. Â Each party has been as special as the last and each one has had goodie-bags!
Oh well, at least as the host, I could prepared my own personal goodie bagâ€¦it had wine bottles!