"Operation Authentic Birthday Party".
I put that on the bottom of TK's birthday invites.
Once again, this isn't really a MEME. But I hope it catches on anyway. I'm tired of the crazy over the top celebrate your kid's birthday as if it's a one time life event. What happened to backyard parties? Oh, it's winter? Then what happened to basement parties? Too many kids for your house?...Dare I suggest it? Invite LESS kids! Too much work to pull it off at home, you say? then, uh, SCALE back. Little kids love simple things, and big kids really just want time to talk and laugh (and if they are girls to scream).
And let's talk about gifts. You've just paid hundreds of dollars to host 15 wild kids at the local climb and play. And your fancy store bought cake is half eaten and mostly on the floor. Now you get to lug home 15 different variations of plastic ten dollar Barbie/Alien/Polly mishmash. I read a magazine article where a family did not accept birthday gifts. They even suggested that any gifts given would be donated to charity. (What a concept? Nearly blew me away.) A year ago we took on the challenge. NO gifts from friends. (We had to alter it a bit--we now accept homemade gifts.) In another post I'll tell you what we do for friends on their birthdays...
I am not prepared to fully list my rants about party bags, goody bags or variations therein. I will start with this: More sugar for my frosting over-dosed 5 year old? No thanks. More tiny plastic crap for the landfills? No thanks. I hate those itty-bitty tops. NO-ONE likes those tops! Attention tiny plastic crap makers...STOP making them. (I read a blog post--can't remember where though, sorry I'm getting old--about using wooden toys for goody bags/Easter baskets). But why even that I say? Isn't "thanks for coming, here, have another cupcake" enough?
So sit there and think about your birthday traditions, and while you do here are some 4yrold party pics. I think that's MEME enough for a good long while. I won't say this is the last one I'll do, cuz hey, I might feel the need to MEME all over myself again sometime.
Our backyard birthday party. Water balloon toss. We found out that if you use large balloons and not a lot of water...they.take.a.long.time.to.pop. Also that it will entertain six 4 year olds for 45 minutes, and that is some kind of record, I'm sure of it.
I kept meaning to blog about this lady's cakes. She CARVES them! How totally cool is that? I love making my kids' cakes, and have them help me decorate them...but a Scooby Doo cake? In 3-D! (And yes that is a ghost chasing down the Mystery Machine.) Please stop buying Albertson's generic cakes right now. Find someone who can do THIS. I hope that doesn't sound hypocritical, I don't mean to say I'm against spending money on your kid, (and believe me, TK got plenty of Ben 10 items, no need to feel sorry for him) it's just that I'm for AUTHENTICITY.