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Parties make my head hurt

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Why do I let kid's birthday parties stress me out so much? Every year I go through the same circus (Remember the BATMAN party, anyone?) and every year it turns out just fine and yet I still take years off my life...and why? Because 6 year-olds really care what they eat at a birthday party? Well, this year, I said NO MORE!! This is going to be a low-stress, low-key, small party. He's turning 7 by the way. SEVEN. How did that happen?

He was just this, like, I don't know, 2 years ago?



And now he's this:



I know every parent does this "where does the time go" crap...but really...WHERE DOES IT GO?

Anyway...back to parties. We've done parties of many themes but this year he decided he wanted a costume party. Hmm...ok. Whatever you want, kiddo. Costumes in March (which is really August temps here) should be super comfortable. I digress. He's going to be Robin and by some miracle yesterday at Party City I found a baby Batman costume for his little brother. Clever, I know.  Then I started rummaging through the accessories section and came up with a costume idea for me. So I can be FUN MOM for a change. Anyway, $85 dollars later, I emerged with a tiny Batman costume, party favors, plates, cups, feather boas, sequin masks, etc...you know, the usual.

People? Ok, this year I'm not going to invite everyone for the sake of inviting them to a party. I'm going to streamline it for just his friends he actually plays with and grandparents, etc. That part was easy enough, but I'm sure somewhere along the way someone will get their feelings hurt because they didn't get invited to a boring 7 year-old's birthday party.

Then there's the food. SIMPLE, remember, Paula? SIMPLE. Ok...we'll just get some pizzas. For the kids. If parents come they can have some pizza if they want but I'm not going to go on my all out buffet of deliciousness. Then I decide I need a hot dip. Maybe 2 hot dips. I can't expect parents to just sit around and not munch on something?

Then there's the cake...store bought cupcakes are so ick...so I will have to make those myself. And the parents might not want cupcakes, I should make a more adult-friendly dessert, too. And are 2 dips enough? Maybe some other kind of appetizer to round it out.

AND DO YOU SEE HOW THIS SPIRALS OUT OF CONTROL?



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beachdog
Mar. 22nd, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
I suppose its too late for a Chuck-e-Cheese outing?

but don't forget the pinata :o)
whitehousemom
Mar. 22nd, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
There actually IS a pinata, God help me. But I see the weather is supposed to be thunderstorms and I'm not sure a pinata inside is such a great idea...
bogwitch64
Mar. 22nd, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
You really are a crazy person, you know that? :)

whitehousemom
Mar. 22nd, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I know. But the medication's side effects F with me too much. We can't all be winners!
whitehousemom
Mar. 22nd, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Since I wrote this I have already decided to make chocolate AND vanilla cupcakes, with 4 different colored icings and maybe a fresh strawberry buttercream for some of them. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?
bogwitch64
Mar. 22nd, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
Reread my first comment.

:)

I used to go nutty over my kids' parties too. But they still remember them!
eyescastupwards
Mar. 23rd, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
silly Paula
stress is the secret ingredient to your always faboo successes - you rock the party stuff dear, bask in your neurosis...all will be wondrous
eyescastupwards
Mar. 23rd, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
p.s. - when you find where the time goes, please let me know....
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