I’ve been on the five year old birthday party circuit with Focker #1 lately, clocking up at least one or two birthday parties most weekends. They’re all similar but different at the same time. Dress ups / no dress ups. In a park / at someone’s home. Superman cake / Frozen cake. Pass the parcel / musical statues. Stressed mum / stressed mum….
It never fails to impress me the effort that the parents (mostly the mums I suspect) go to in order to make these parties memorable for the sugar charged little tyrants. I sincerely tip my hat to each and every one of them for their weeks of dedication to executing the perfect party. Only for it to go largely unnoticed and unappreciated by the waist high hordes, as they devour sugar and MSG by the grubby little fistful.
I do however, have a pretty major f*cking issue with one factor common to all parties.
The logic of giving a take home bag to each little party animal so that the indulgence can continue long after the party is over completely escapes me. After all, when we go to an adult’s birthday party we don’t get given a bag of booze and canapés to take home with us. The intention is that you drink and eat as much as humanly possible at the party while the host is paying. Once you leave, the party’s over and you’re on your own again. The same rule should absolutely apply for kids parties as well.
If the party bags were filled with valuable jewels or delicious delicacies it might be different. But unless you’re attending a kids party at the Kardashian / West residence, sadly they never are.
In case you’ve been living on another planet, where children’s birthday parties are done in sensible moderation and you’ve never encountered the party bag, here’s a daddingeveryday list of the party bag essentials.
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Cam (AKA Dadding Everyday) is a full time SAHD to a 5yo boy and 2yo girl, affectionately referred to as ‘little fockers’. He and his family are based in Perth, Western Australia although he is proudly New Zealand born. His blog is a first hand account of his experiences, successes, failures, and above all else, the lessons that he’s learnt along the way.
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