I’m Letting My Son Have a Party

I swore I wasn’t going to do it. But this year, after much begging, I relented and am allowing my son to have a birthday party. A party that he can invite his friends to. A party with children I barely recognize from his daycare, who have parents I may or may not have ever met. He is going to be 5.

It’s a big step for me; this whole party business with strangers coming to our home. That is why they are only invited for 2 hours and will be confined to the back yard (unless they need to use the bathroom and refuse to use the pee chicken in the corner behind the play structure).

I’ve gone all out. In my world that means I have rented a bouncy castle for $50. I will also go pick up an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen, if my son ever decides what kind of birthday party he wants. So far we’ve gone from Spiderman to Batman to spider to Barney to frisbee in just the past week. In reality, he’ll get whatever birthday cake is cheap and in stock when I have time to pick it up.

Based on some of the other birthday parties my son has attended, I gather I’m supposed to put together a crap bag… or is it a goodie bag… to thank the kids who have given up their precious free time in order to attend his birthday party, eat his cake, and be entertained by the bouncy castle which I have also paid for.

I am doing this because I love my son, and also because I don’t want to have to deal with his whining about not getting a party when all of his friends had them. Happy 5th kiddo!

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About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home. I love Mondays because I can return to the world of adults, go to the bathroom alone and have nearly uninterrupted conversations with others.
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10 Responses to I’m Letting My Son Have a Party

  1. We must suck as parents because at our daughter’s 5th we didn’t invite any of her little friends. She wanted it at Chuck E Cheese and I didn’t feel like having to give tokens to everybody else’s kids. My 4 year old son just went to a party this past Saturday for a boy who turned 4. Bounce house, rented Spider Man…jesus christ people!! He’s 4!

    • I’d have been thrilled to just have a ChuckECheese party instead… Unfortunately my son has been exposed to fun birthday parties planned by other parents who don’t suck as much as we do (damn them).

  2. normaljan80 says:

    I have escaped the friend birthday parties for the past thirteen years….I am terrified of entertaining other people’s children, mostly because they are almost always brats, We do family dinners instead. You are a brave woman. May the force be with you.

  3. You can’t see me, but I’m making the sign of the cross for you right now in anticipation of your perilous endeavor. I’m not the least bit Holy in any way, so it probably won’t do you any good, but it’s the thought that counts.

  4. Kristen says:

    Uh oh. Now you’ve gone and done it.

    Kidding. Sort of.

    A bouncy castle!? You’re hard core! Good luck!

  5. Rita Russell says:

    Wow – you really are going all out. Seriously. When my kids were 5 there was no way I was having a party at my house – instead we went to a party place where they had the bouncy castle set up, staff to do games and people to clean up the mess (yes, this last point was the most important). Good luck!

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