Well, birthday party season seems to be in full flow at the moment. Invitations are being handed out quicker than free chocolate bars at train stations and my children’s social life is definitely reaching an all time high.
But while birthdays are a great occasion and a wonderful time to celebrate, they don’t come without their dilemmas. What, for example, is the right thing to do in terms of inviting your child’s classmates to their birthday, especially when the class size totals 27?
Assuming that most people don’t live in a sprawling mansion with an east wing and a west wing, or have infinite amounts of money to spend on bouncy castles, magicians, clowns and men with a van full of reptiles, what is the accepted norm for children’s parties? Do you invite everyone in the class and hope that at least half can’t make it, or is it OK to just invite a handful of the friends your child plays with regularly? Apart from the space and cost issues of hosting a huge party, I am also more than slightly terrified by the prospect of my child receiving another 28 birthday presents – we are drowning in toys as it is!
From recent party-going experience, it would seem that the days of jelly and ice cream, pass the parcel and a slice of cake to take home are well and truly gone. But should that be the case? Do our children expect too much?
What have you done for your child’s birthday and do you think in the current economic climate that we will start to see a return to the smaller, simpler parties of our own childhood?