I’m not sure why anyone actually thinks I want to attend their child’s party. I’m a little too old for pass the parcel. But the fact is, I was a little put out when my son got a birthday invitation that didn’t specifically include my name – just his.
The party is at a water slide park right on the other side of the city, and while in actual fact it was just my son invited there was no doubt I was expected to attend too.
“Each child must be accompanied by an adult on the rides.”
What’s the go with that?
I don’t even know this seven-year old’s family. I’ve got a lot better things to be doing than schlepping my son out to a water slide park an hour away AND spending the day freezing my butt off while doubling with him on the zooper dooper, but it is somehow expected I will happily oblige.
We’ve gone totally loony tunes over kid’s parties these days. If it isn’t the expense, it is the ridiculous expectations or the gifts.
As the mother of three kids I’ve got a whole pile of party gripes I am about to lay on you and having to accompany my son for an entire day out at a fun park is just the beginning.
1. Asking guests to pay the admission fee.
“We are celebrating Leila’s third birthday at the zoo with a cake near the elephant enclosure. Please be there by 3. Entry fees not included.”
Some nerve huh? After receiving this doozy in the pre-school pigeon hole I conducted a brief outraged-straw-poll amongst my friends and it seemed all Mums had experienced something similar. Whether it be to a play centre or a fast food restaurant if you invite my child, sorry, but I do expect you to pay for them too.
2. Requesting only environmentally conscious gifts.
It was cheekily printed in green on the (re-cycled paper) invitation to a first birthday party, “ Only Eco-friendly gifts please”. Look, I appreciate the sentiment but I am not really sure it is up to the receiver of the gifts to determine exactly how environmentally responsible each gift is.