The other two didn't have dates for the time frame I wanted and were out of my price range as well.
So McD's it is, it is within my budget and the play place is newly updated in a nicer area of town and we get the whole area for two hours. It is small enough for the parents to watch and control their kids, but big enough for the kids to slide, jump and have a good time.
Food does come with the party package, but they said it was okay for me to bring food from outside if I wanted as well, so I do plan on bringing a few homemade foods and cake for those who don't eat McDs. So mainly I am having the party here for the indoor playground because it's too damn cold outside and because my home is in the process of getting remodeled.
Tonight my friend called and asked me about the party and I told her where it was at and what my plans were and she audibly gasped and said "What the hell, hahaha, that's so fucking cheap!"
I was quite taken back at her response, she is the last person to call me "cheap". I do not live with my in laws and have them pay for everything and provide free child care for me, I do not receive fs, Medicaid or wic, I am not on the public housing list and I don't spend $500 on toys in one day for my kids just for the hell of it.
I don't get public assistance so I can live a lifestyle that I could never afford without PA. Actually, my husband works his ass off, we pay for our insurance, our bills, our own food and save whatever "extra" we have so we can give our children a better future and a good education, it also helps if we were ever to fall on hard times.
I budget for our home very well and we get only our necessities. In the end, my kids are happy, warm and fed, and that is all that matters.
I could give a shit if you think having my child's party at a fast food joint is "cheap and trashy", I'm doing it so my child can have a good time and celebrate with their friends and family, you can sit your welfare mooching, entitled ass at home if you don't like it. This is what I could afford right now, my kid doesn't care and I doubt if any other kids would either.
It just irks me how materialistic and entitled people are becoming. Really? It's a child's birthday party, not a wedding. Get the fuck over it.