My kids birthdays are a huge deal. To me, there is no greater joy than seeing the excitement, happiness and love in my kidlets eyes when their big day comes and we’re celebrating! But as most parents know, sometimes planning your child’s birthday party can take over your entire life. We just had my son’s 5th birthday party over the weekend and it was a huge success! Although I look forward to all the planning for a fun and happy event, I always get stressed making sure every detail is ready for the big day.
For the past two weeks I’ve been stressed out over finding the perfect venue, booking talented entertainment, loading up on exotic decorations, choosing the menu and deciding what will go in each special guest’s gift bag. No, this isn’t for some big shindig for wealthy VIPs or gala event tied to my job. It’s all been over a birthday party for a bunch of five-year olds!
It seems to me that birthdays have become the new “event” for children. I’ve seen some parents go totally overboard, pulling out all the stops to throw “the best party ever” for their kid. Of course some parents compete with each other to see who can throw the “biggest” and “most elaborate” party for their kids – spending outrageous amounts of money for things like fireworks, elaborate cakes or the latest teeny-bobber to sing “Happy Birthday.” Frankly, it’s pretty ridiculous. If you’ve ever watched MTV’s “Super Sweet 16” or Wealth TV’s “Party Mamas” some of the parties featured on those shows make my wedding seem like a cheap backyard tea party!