Have birthday parties gotten totally out of control? When I was a child, it was all at home, all homemade, and very simple. Now, even though I try to keep it under control, no matter what I do, I'm always laying out over $100. There's cake, goody bags, decorations, and an activity.
For my son's 7th birthday, we went to a local bowling alley with 4 other boys. Two girls were invited but no call/no show but I sent their goody bags to school anyway. I guess I could have made a cake at home, and we could have stayed home and had a pool party, and I could have made the decorations, but my MIL did subsidize some of this excess so DS could have the party he wanted. But, is it worth it? I would have rather bought him a really nice gift with this money I suppose, or saved it for him for a future use. I even offered him a trip to Sea World (we live in Central FL) rather than spend it on a party.
What do you think?
Answer by justanotherjen at 1:39 PM on May. 15, 2011
Answer by hill2 at 9:45 AM on May. 15, 2011
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Answer by Sebbiemama at 9:56 PM on May. 15, 2011
I think birthday parties are completely out of control. A friend of mine just last week had one without goody bags and 2 of kids got a little attitude, they think its mandatory. I want to to do some sort of party for the boys this summer but hoping whoever we invite comes without any entitlement issues.
Answer by meooma at 9:36 AM on May. 15, 2011
Answer by MommyH2 at 9:39 AM on May. 15, 2011
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Answer by amber1330 at 10:08 AM on May. 15, 2011
Answer by Bubbie0809 at 10:18 AM on May. 15, 2011
I LOVE my son's bday parties!! I start planning the next one as soon as the last one ends. I look at it as a day of celebrating the life of the most important person in my life, it's just something that is very important to me. I always plan an awesome party but on a budget. I make my own food, desserts whenever possible, I don't do gift bags, I do a lot of homemade games- I basically just try to make it the funnest 2 hours the kids can possibly have.
Answer by skittles1108 at 12:37 PM on May. 15, 2011