Five-year-olds’ birthday parties aren’t what they used to be.
I have noticed recently, from hanging out on Facebook, that when a mum says she’s having her son or daughter’s party at home, she’ll get lots of suggestions. These aren’t “pass the parcel” suggestions, or “pin the tail on the donkey” suggestions. These are names of professionals who will come in and run her child’s party for her.
There are entertainers who’ll dress as a favourite movie character. There are the ones who will twist balloons or do a magic show. Others will put on a disco or bring Lego or turn up with live animals. There are also party planners to run the entire event, from “concept” through to party bags.
I’m sure they do a great job, at a price.
But I’ll tell you this. Five-year-olds don’t need professionally run parties. The three bare essentials of a kids’ party – other kids, games, loads of sugar – are enough to get them jumping up and down and squealing with joy. When you’re five, the lamest games are exciting. Musical statues! The drama, the tension, the incredible prizes!