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It's my party and I'll cry if I want to

Friday, 12 April 2013

I will admit, I waste lots of my time virtually wandering through Pinterest admiring the beautiful children's birthday party themes (seriously, check out Owl Birthday Party... OH MY GOD - *Owl heaven*). But I have a confession to make...

I absolutely cannot stand children's birthday parties.

Hosting them, that is.
Rushing around organising invitations, venues, catering, making the cakes, getting the decorations, doing the decorating, smiling smiling smiling, trying to remember which kid is which (I have enough trouble keeping my own kids names straight, never mind half of their class), more smiling, stopping that kid (yea, you know the one I mean) from hurling the bowling ball down the wrong alley/drowning someone/pushing someone down the slide at the soft-play centre/destroying your house, handing the right kid back to the right parent, thank you thank you thank you, THANK YOU NOTES! Cleaning up afterwards if you have been daft enough to have the party at your house (never do this, what are you thinking?!) or at least clearing up the mess at the venue.

Noooooo thanks.

I love the idea of beautifully matching cakes and desserts, with artfully placed bunting and cute coordinating snacks & gift bags and the like. I do, I swear - I LOVE it. I think it is adorable and if you can pull it off without pulling out your hair by the end of the day then I applaud you. But until my kids are attending school, I would much rather chuck a hundred pounds at a family day out than a party, something that we can all enjoy together without leaving me a quivering, drooling mess at the end of it.
To be honest, I still try and convince them to do that now since L & H are currently prime "party age", and I'm still safe for a couple of years with E.

As for taking my kids to parties, I almost skip to the door when I drop off my wee darling with the slightly crazed looking mum whose eyes are darting every which way trying to keep track of the twenty or so kids she is now responsible for for the next two hours. I smile sweetly, assure her that I have given my kid 'the chat' so s/he is not that kid, and I wish her luck.

Rather her than me!

13 comments:

  1. Oh goodness, I know what you mean! I am NOT doing parties this year. No way! What a total nightmare and just waaaayy too stressful. I think days out are the way forward, lol. x

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    1. Definitely Sarah, we're off to the zoo for E's birthday in a couple of weeks!

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  2. Ha, I wrote a post very similar to this not very long ago! Parties are a nightmare lol! ;-)

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    1. InstinctiveMum - Haha! I'll go and check that out, so glad it's not just me! X

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  3. I know what you mean, we usually have family and a few friends round but im still stressing!Party in a few weeks

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    1. I'll even avoid that if I can Leyla! We'll have family tea & cake but if I can get out of it, I will! Good luck!

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  4. I must admit I always enjoy my kids' parties. Well, almost. I've tried very hard to erase my eldest's 6th birthday from my mind. And his 10th, when we had to call an ambulance :( . I've discovered girls' parties (OK, my daughter's) are far more sedate than boys'. My younger son just likes to take his three very best friends to the cinema and to Pizza Hut/ Frankie & Benny's beforehand and it is lovely.

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    1. Oh yes we do things like that instead of parties too, or for a couple of years we've bought tickets to England matches & taken J and a friend to Wembley instead of having a party which he much prefers now he's almost a teenager.

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  5. Lol! This is why my business works! I am a childrens party organiser so people pay me to do allll of those things for them!
    I do all the catering, party bags, entertainment, organising, and clearing away afterwards etc so the mums just have to turn up with the birthday child and sit and watch the party! :D
    Luckily I love childrens parties - though it definitely helps when you're getting paid for it lol!


    Hayley
    Sparkles &

    Stretchmarks

    xxx

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  6. Hayley - that sounds like my sort of party haha! x

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  7. I hate them too! Other mums look at me like I've grown a second head when i tell them this! Hosted my sons 6th birthday party recently at our house due to sudden cash flow prob (car committed suicide!) and it was fully traumatic! Longest two hours of my life! X

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  8. The thought of it strikes fear in to my heart, Jennifer! Family days out FTW!

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  9. I did one just last month, my first.... and my last.... I swear I will do whatever it takes to avoid hosting one of these things again for quite some time!

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