There was a major dilemma going on in our house over the holidays. My daughter wanted to have the exact same birthday party as last year. Same guest list, same cake, same theme, you get the picture.
Not that this was a huge deal, but we planned on taking the party out of the house this year. The kids are getting bigger, more are being invited and there’s only so many times you can play pass the parcel and treasure hunt for gift bags. Thing is, my kid just loves all that shit.
While hosting home parties was a purposeful decision when she was younger, at some point you’ve gotta mix things up. While I’m somewhat happy I didn’t have to shell out for bad pizza and tote laundry baskets of gifts back to the car, I was actually looking forward to driving an excited Eve to the destination and decorating the inmate room. Alright, I’ll be honest, I was super excited about not cleaning up after ten ankle-biters.
Since it’s her big day and all, we graciously let Eve decide on the party format. And so, for the second year in a row, I made a popcorn cake, brought out the projector for a big-screen movie and bought mass-produced, likely leaded trinkets from the dollar store.
Eve thought her party was the best ever, but I’m still picking out pieces of marshmallowy popcorn imbedded in the couch. And carpet. Oh, and fireplace grate.
What about you? Do you like to host your child’s birthday at home?