|I barely have time to get IN one of my kids' birthday photos, let alone have time for a photo shoot before the party. What is WRONG with people???|
I have two birthdays coming up - one for my 4 year old, one for my 3 year old. Normally, this wouldn't be a big deal, but I've been bombarded lately with these over-the-top postings on Facebook with photos of parties and party ideas, too many episodes of the housewives of ridiculous county, and wayyy too much Pinterest. Just when I thought a nice Yoda cake would be enough, now I need matching cupcakes, cake pops (how I want to punch those cake pops in the stomach they're so annoyingly cute), and Williams Sonoma cut out Jedi cookies to decorate the dessert table.
Is this about the kids at all? Is it about one-upping a fellow preschool mother who has pretended not to know you all year long? Is this about bragging on Facebook to people that haven't spoken to you since high school that friended you years later on FB to be nosy? WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS? Does it matter what they want? Kids just want to celebrate their birthday party - with their friends. Can't we just get back to the basics without the whole dog and pony show? Can you tell I'm stressed over these parties? I am going to let my frustrations out on you, my faithful readers. Blogging, after all is keeping me out of therapy..well that, good friends, and the occasional mid-week drinky.
Look, let's just be real for a minute. The economy sucks. We own a small business - so things are tough. Our health insurance alone has gone up 30% every year for the past several years...business is slow, the proverbial belt has been tightened so I've got to do this on a dime...and I will..and I will pull it off in the most wonderful, age appropriate way....but here are a few things I won't do.
Expensive Invitations: I am not going to spend $30.00 plus shipping on ONE dozen photo card invitations...and I'm DEFINATELY not going to dress my son up and make him do fishlips for a photo for the invitation. I will be printing invitations that I make using Microsoft Word with the basic information - Date/Time, Place, RSVP number (which no one ever uses or RSVPs on time anyways - what's with that? Just call, text or email - YES I'm coming, or NO I'm not coming...I shouldn't have to chase you down for an answer! Emily Post would be rolling over in her grave from all of this poor etiquette these days)!
|No doubt Jonathan is adorable..but no need for the junior fishlips..at all.|
|Come to Henry's 5th Birthday Party at Castle in the Clouds! Give me a break! I can't even afford the gas to drive there!|
Age-Inappropriate Activities for a Preschooler - The only cucumbers and mayonnaise at this party, will be on the veggie tray.