I’m always reading in parenting magazines about kids’ dream birthday parties. How they are ‘budget friendly’ at a cost of $1000!!!! What? Really? My dream party for my kid would cost less than $100 and be very simple.
By the time my kid is old enough for a party, I would assume that she would have a couple of friends over for a party. Depending on her class size, it might be the girls in her class, or just one or two. I would allow her to have input on the theme, but it would be kind of generic, and it would be at home, not at a fancy bouncy place. In this economy who can afford that? A few balloons for decoration and some cake or other snacks is just fine with me. Forget the goody bags, but maybe a few games with prizes would be alright (thanks to Mrs. Frank years ago, I got a huge jar of m&m’s for guessing closest to how many was in the jar, awesome!)
What do you think? All out kid’s parties (someone I used to know got a pony for her 1 year old’s birthday–and the kid slept through the party, so she sat on it. Yikes!) with the works, or simple is better. Has this changed because of the economy or did you always think so. Hate goodie bags or love them? Let me know.