I should have known something was up when my sweetie Moonbeam daughter in law agreed that I should take granddaughter Starlite to Spencer Henry’s Birthday party.
I picked up a reluctant Starlite who is 2 1/2 years old.
“Don’t you want to go to Spencer Henry’s party?”
That was my first clue that this unexpected windfall of semi private time with Starlite was not going to be all that.
Apparently childrens parties are no longer held in said children’s homes. Now they are held in specialized amusement facilities. Complete with Cinderella castles, ball rooms, mini roller coasters and padded walls.
For $25 a head you get use of the gaming area, a party room with balloons, a sign, a completely set up room for the party and a number of numbed out young adults paid to make sure the young party goers don’t crack their tender skulls on any hard surface.
It’s a bargain. I think.
So Starlite joined the melee and I joined the many parents and younger siblings and various other grandparents standing around in a stupefied group watching the youngsters go mad with excitement all of us thinking the same thing…
We were thinking, whose kid will vomit first
and will we have to clean it up???
I lucked out when Starkite needed a diaper change at cake time. (Thank you God).
I changed Starlite there and convinced her what an awesome party that was but now we were going home.
Having a full social schedule, Starlite was aware of missing cake so we side stepped to a local bakery and bought a cupcake suitably decorated for a birthday.
That satisfied her.
Girl was tired and I was wondering. What’s the dealio with birthday parties and parents today. When my kids were growing up we sent cupcakes to school to share with classmates and that was it.
Maybe I’m behind the times.
What do you do for your kid’s birthday parties?
This is gmom and little Starlite wondering….what’s going on.