As Little Miss' First Birthday is fast approaching, the quandry about a party begins. Since she's only going to be 1, does she need a bouncy castle and balloons? She won't even remember it! But she's only 1 once, isn't she? In this day and age, if you go whole hog for Birthday Number 1, are you obliged to out-do yourself every single year after this? That's a lot of creativity! And money apparently. According to the Daily Mail, the current average spend for children's birthday parties is £5000-£50,000! I'm not sure if this article was actually researched recently as with the credit crunch we can barely afford to EAT much less splash out £5000 on a party. The whole idea of spending that much money on a child's birthday party is a bit obscene really. As a result of this new trend, we have parents feverishly stuffing goodie bags with tat, icing grand tiered cakes that rival my wedding cake and frantic calls to children's entertainers because we couldn't possibly let them just PLAY, could we? Shall I tell you how we are celebrating Little Miss' First Birthday?
1) On the day, we'll have a quiet celebration with my visiting mum and Hubby's parents. There will, of course, be cake...perhaps not 3 tiered, but at least 1.
2) For Little Miss' friends we're having a JOINT party with Little Miss' best girlfriend. We intend to have a couple take-away gifties for the kids but to primarily celebrate the Mummyhood we've all endured for the last year while the Kiddies play. There will, of course be cake...of the fairy kind I do believe. And there very well could be a wee dram of alcohol for the long-suffering Mummies.
3) On the weekend we will host an open house at our house for friends and relatives to drop in and visit. Very casual. There will, of course, be cake...of the Duck Shaped Variety as that is the animal of choice for Little Miss. There will, most definitely be alcohol and hopefully a nicely grilled burger or two for the long-suffering friends and relatives.
All of these parties are not without stress, mind you, but we're aiming for as little HOOPLA as possible. There are plenty more birthdays for that!