M’s birthday is coming up soon. I’m finding an intense amount of stress in planning it; she’s old enough now to anticipate and remember. I want it to be wonderful for her, yet it’s a daunting task. When did children’s parties get so detailed?
Most of the parties I remember as a child were at my house. My mom did an amazing job of assembling them, finding a perfect cake, etc. Now, when I take M to parties, they’re always at some rented facility, with elaborate treat bags and fancy cakes. And all the parents standing around say, “What happened to cake int he backyard, like when I was a kid?” And I want to say, but never do, “Well, you know, if you all weren’t trying to outdo each other, maybe we could go back to that!” But there’s such pressure to make your kid’s party as good as the last kid’s party that they just get fancier and wilder. I don’t know why it matters, but it does.
Unfortunately for M, we can’t afford a party at the pool or to hire an entertainer. I can afford cake in the backyard, which is what she’s getting. She seems okay with it, though she was sorry not to go to the pool.
She wanted a Justice League party, but we couldn’t find any party supplies that included Wonder Woman. “What,” M cried, “Don’t they care about girls who like superheroes?” No, unfortunately, they don’t. We couldn’t find the Flash either. So, after digging through many websites, she settled on a Frozen themed party. It’s not ideal but you can at least get the stuff for it.
I’ve designed the cake, blue glitter with candy snowflakes and the miniature Elsa and Anna dolls on top. I now need to figure out some games or crafts and how to make cheap treat bags. I could have ordered treat bags, but for nine children it was well over $50. I’m not spending that much on bracelets and stickers. I’m hoping “snowflake-themed” will fly, or maybe we could just make snowflake candy lollipops or cookies and call it good.
I know what M really wants is to see her friends and run around and scream in the backyard, so hopefully this party lives up to her expectations. I know it may not be as fancy as some of the others, but I hope she loves it and has good memories.