Monday, November 22, 2010

EMS - Childhood Memory Deprivation

Rosi G. posted a link to a helpful website all about how to have a kick ass birthday party for your kid without breaking the bank.

I read the post. It seemed to have good tips.

But in all honesty, I don't really know.


Because I'm an Evil Mom.

And as an Evil Mom affiliated with the Evil Mom Society, I don't do birthday parties for my boys.

I've even got the merit badge to prove it!


I dunno. I guess I don't do parties for many reasons.

1. I'm lazy.

2. I hate 90% of other people's children (not all of them) and being stuck entertaining/feeding them for a few hours sounds like hell on earth. And more often than not with today's PC rules for handing out invitations, you get stuck having to invite EVERYONE in the class as not to leave anyone out. Ugh. What's worse than not being invited to a birthday party? The pity/obligatory invite.

3. I'm cheap.

I never got birthday parties when I was growing up, and other than now depriving my own children of them, I turned out OK.

Actually there was one year (and maybe I've blogged about this before--so I apologize if it's repetitive), that it was a few weeks before my birthday and I noticed my mom had written on the grocery shopping list:

"Party Hats"

I was like, "OMG* my parents are throwing me a surprise party!"

My birthday came and went with the usual fanfare.

No party.

I came to find out later that "party hats" was what my parents called condoms.

Now THAT'S an awesome childhood memory!

*If we had said "OMG" in the 80s



Blogger Kim said...

Party hats? Now THERE was a twist to the story that I wasn't expecting!

I didn't do birthday parties for my kids, either, and they seem to have reached early adulthood without showing any signs of trauma. They went to plenty of parties and bar/bat mitzvahs for their friends, and apparently got the partying (so to speak) out of their system that way.

8:19 PM  
Blogger dmcL said...

I recently came to the realization that the majority of fellow urban moms with whom I am acquainted are, well, yuppies, whereas DH and I are...decidedly not. Someone posted on our Google group asking for advice for hiring entertainment for her upcoming two-year-old's birthday party. There were a whole wealth of suggestions. I thought the whole conversation was pretty freaking ridiculous.

Peanut will be lucky to get a party this year, what with the imminent birth of her younger sibling that month. Pizza and cupcakes with a handful of family is probably all she's got coming, and that's more than enough hoopla for a toddler. Parties are pretty over-rated in most cases, in my experience.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

OMG! Party hats! Too funny!

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! There was a party and a hat had to be worn....or you know what would have happened!!!

All I can say is... Party on Bezzie and Dr.MS!!

Love, Mom

11:41 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

That is hysterical. Party hats!!!

6:53 AM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

Your mom is awesome! Such a clever name for them, haha!

My family and I love parties. Our extended family is huge and we have such a blast getting together. I love the planning, the hosting, the decorating and the baking. I also love being able to do it on the cheap. It's like a game... how little can I spend and still make it awesome?

My big drawback is that my apartment is pretty small and I can't really throw big parties. Granted, I don't hire entertainment or rent ridiculous props for Pi's b-day. Kids are happy with pizza, cake, and some disney tunes blasting on the radio.

I guess

7:12 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

i don't understand why you have to invite everyone in the class. or maybe i just don't get it b/c i have a summer birthday and so was spared that kind of forced interaction. i'd just have your kid invite a few other kids who are actually friends and say "Screw 'em" to the rest of the class. that's not how adults interact so why force it on kids?

8:51 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Wow, that is...memorable. Brain bleach!!

10:30 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

Party hats, bwahaha!

11:17 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

LOL @ party hats - now I know that had to have been disturbing! No offense towards your mom - no one wants to think about their parents doing THAT, ha, ha!

I have 5 brothers and sisters, so we just got cake and ice cream at home for our birthdays.

I've had a few friends parties for my kids. Not every year though. My daughter will be 13 in January, and since that's a milestone birthday I promised her a nice birthday party with friends, and seeing as we have a small house, and she has a winter birthday, that pretty much rules out anything cheap like a party at home or a BBQ at a park. Oh, if only she had a late spring or summer birthday!

I do agree with the schools though about banning passing out party invitations at school. As a geeky, unpopular kid in elementary school, who rarely got invited to parties, I know that it is hurtful for the kids who get left out.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Woollycraft Workshops said...

Priceless :-)

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Party Hats! Such a great euphamism!

I did an at home party with another kid and it was really fun. We had an art party and we put out all kinds of art supplies (90% of which we already had in the studio) and the kids went to town.

We've been to a disproportionate number of at home let the kids play in the yard parties this year. I like it.

My summer birthday boy never really got a party, no one was ever around but he survived. He can't stand me for other reasons ;-)

12:50 PM  
Blogger Poops said...

I throw parties "for the kids" but they're really just excuses for other parents I like to sit around and eat cake and drink adult beverages while our kids...hell, who cares what the kids are doing?

5:13 PM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

You obviously posted about the hats long enough ago that blognesia made it fresh and new (and super hilarious!).

Parties are what my cousins had and we attended. We lived too far away from everyone for them to come to us, so our parties were Mom, dad, my older brother and me. That just meant more cake for us...not really complaining there :).

11:51 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Party hats! Love it!

5:05 AM  
Anonymous Rosi G. said...

Party hats is hilarious! Some day I will tell my kids this story!

I rarely do parties for them as with there being 6 of us, we are a built-in party!

4:53 AM  
Blogger Rebel said...

LMAO! I had a few parties growing up. But they were never petting zoo / bouncy castle type parties. They were the parties where a couple of my girlfriends were invited over, my mom made a cake from a box, and we played. Not organized games mind you, we just played. The whole custom designed birthday cake / destination party for your 2 year old seems insane these days.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

I remember as a 7 yearold, my mom gave me a choice, a better present or a a party. I went with present. Thinking back, my mom didn't like taking care of other people's kids. She never invited them to dinner, I wasn't allowed to go to sleepovers (cause then she'd have to reciprocate) etc. but at the time all I could think of was "OOOOH! NICER PREZZIE!!!" Now that's sneaking one by.....

3:39 PM  
Blogger Marcy said...

I never had parties for the boys until Charles wanted to invite his autistic summer camp to a birthday party. It was FANTASTIC! Each kid found something to do on their own, away from the other kids. We had enough dinosaur books and lego and Thomas trains for all of them.

I never want to have a party for regular kids.

9:27 PM  

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