Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Party Planning

Thus far, Maddie's experience with birthday parties consisted of a group of friends playing, the birthday boy/girl opening gifts, and then everyone eating cake and ice cream. Her birthday parties were always low-key. For the last 2 years we had them during our weekly playgroup time. No big deal, but lots of fun.

A couple of weeks ago, we went to a birthday party for a girl in her class. It began like any 4 yo birthday party. The parents were talking amongst themselves, and the kids were running around like the little hooligans they are. The mom of the birthday girl came into the room and said, "If everyone would please come into the other room- the magician is here."

That's right. A magician. Complete with balloon animals, cards, and a top hat. He entertained this group of preschoolers with snot jokes and a fake magic wand for about an hour. Maddie had a wonderful time, but, to my relief, she never mentioned it again.

Until we started planning her party. She suddenly remembered the magician and how much fun she had. I nixed that one, off the top. We settled on inviting some of her friends to Chuck E. Cheese's.

But, apparently, some doesn't mean the same to a 3 yo planning her birthday party. When I asked her who she wanted to invite, she named all 20 kids in her class. She named all of the kids in her former play group. She named kids I have never even heard her mention before.

I sent out invitations. To her old play group members, her best friend, and 3 friends from school. But she doesn't know that.

I'll probably just tell her that the others couldn't come. And they won't be able to, because they won't know about it. Right?

And, realistically, she won't even care. She'll probably be too upset and crying under the table because her mom was too cheap to splurge for a magician. Oh well . . .

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60 comments:

suchsimplepleasures said...

nah...she'll be so busy trying to win tickets or running through the play structure that, she won't even care about no magician!!! it's amazing how elaborate people get for kids birthday parties!! when, all kids really like to do is run around and be animals!
she'll love her birthday party!!

Sassy said...

They sell these adorable magic wands at (yes, I know, it is weird) Cracker Barrel, filled with tiny magic candy. Maybe you can give her one in place of the magician? Tell her that TInkerbell personally delivered it while she was sleeping, there you go! You are the HERO again....whew...

Found you on Amy's Brat Pack blog. Nice to meet you.
mysassypants

Irene said...

Some birthday parties have gotten out of control. I refuse to fall into that trap. We took out 6 yo to CEC for her last birthday. We only brought along her cousins - there are 4 - and her sister. She had a BLAST. And it was still a little pricey! I can't imagine inviting a whole class!!!!! Crazy.

But have fun!!!

Amy said...

We are planning our daughters 4 year birthday too. I am all for the simple. My husband wanted to require all the kids to dress up like a prince or princess. Can you imagine! We would be having dress up birthday parties for BOTH girls for YEARS to come. I am not ready to step it up to that level.

Amy said...

Oh yeah, parties can get so out of control!! I have to admit, I am guilty of some overplanning myself. But I've also just thrown burgers on the grill and said come on over and play! Good luck, I'm sure whatever you do, she'll have a blast!!

Sarah O. said...

Oh, my, I remember my daughter's 4th birthday party. We invited all of her classmates and I think they all came. It was nutty and sometimes out of control but I took one picture from the party in which my girl looks so purely joyful. Totally worth the mayhem.

Rachel said...

*snort*
Too cute. We invited about 20 kids to princess' party.. true to form 5 people rsvp'd and 10 showed up. It was at the house, we played the kids had candy thrown at them, they ate cake... life was good.
I send you many blessings and good wishes because you're braving ChuckECheese.

Suburban Turmoil said...

I can tell knock knock jokes...

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