Tuesday, May 18, 2010
They all get invited to birthday parties quite regularly.
That means that I'm shelling out some serious moola for some random kids' birthday on a regular basis.
Don't get me wrong, I love a good birthday party as much as the next fool, but the madness of it all is costing me a small fortune.
I try to buy little toys and art supplies on clearance. I have a box of clearance toys in the closet that I can pick from when we get an invitation. But then some times I wonder, "Do they know that this is a clearance item and not really something hand picked for them?" Then I think, "Duh, they are just kids, they don't really know the difference-- right?" Hopefully the parents are too busy to notice the bargain gift that I just pawned off on their kid.
I usually go with said bargain toy, candy, and art supplies. I have my child add a personalized note and call it quits.
When it's my kid's birthday I go with the family angle. We make a huge deal about their birthday at home. I decorate, buy presents, let them pick a cake, dinner, character paper plates, and we do a big family activity (like Six Flags or a water park) and invite their cousins along.
I have never had a birthday party with all of their friends from school for any of my kids.
Since I hate all of the bazillion parties we end up going to-- it's only fair that I don't torture anyone else with my kids' parties either.
It's madness-- madness I tell you!
Who's with me?