Just wrapped up my kid’s 5th birthday party. After two years of amazing art parties and massive birthday feasts (we ordered a traditional Chinese roast pig last year!), I decided to edit the chaos and have an afternoon art party — a great idea, by the way. No more rushing around with last-minute tasks. Because of the late start this year, the party patrol even had time to relax and eat lunch!
But, of course, being oblivious mama, there were avoidable mishaps. While the art party has been tweaked and edited over the years, there were still things to learn and share. Trust me, every mama and papa of a little girl should avoid these things:
Rely on snail mail. Using eVite or some other super-convenient digital service made me feel presumptuous. We’re talking about 4 and 5 year olds! Besides, little kids love receiving mail, right? But sending out invites with a phone number and email address and a please RSVP, at least 25 percent didn’t respond at all. Did they get the invite? Who knows? At eVite, I can at least find out if they peeked at the invite.
Rush the party. I didn’t want parents waiting around after the published “end time” while the kids busily finished art projects and cake. So I told the art teacher to get started promptly at 10 a.m. last year whether or not every kid was there. As new kids arrived, she’d get them started. Bad idea. Chaos. Utter chaos. Projects starting and ending at all different times. Kids running around because other kids were still completing their projects. Glad that party is over. This year, we waited for everyone. Now if I could only quiet down the chatty parents!
Hide presents on the ground. I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s no way to avoid gifts. Even if you say on the invitation “No presents necessary,” guests bring presents. Just don’t put the presents under the table where they were supposedly hidden by the tablecloth. I did this last year and all the little girls led by my own wee one decided I had created the perfect, secret hiding spot. Gifts were opened and tags tossed everywhere, leaving me no idea who brought what! So much for thank you cards!
Skip opening presents. This year, I planned ahead. As kids arrived with gifts, I put the pretty packages on top of a bookshelf with the plan being my kid would open them after everyone went home. Things were going soooo good. Then, as some kids started leaving and I was rushing around making sure they left with a goodie bag and their painting, one guest begged me to let my daughter to open her gift. Sigh. I complied. And then another one asked. And then another. Ack! Lucky for me I had downloaded the Got Gifts app so I
Source: Oblivious MaMa