Today marked a totally new experience for me and one I am not sure I wish to repeat in a hurry. I took my 2 grand-daughters to a birthday party at an indoor play centre. There were numerous birthday events running concurrently as well as casual users of the centre. It was impossible for the birthday girl to even greet the guests and it seemed to be a matter of quickly opening the gift and then all running off to play on the equipment.
These facilities did not exist when Belle and Missy were children and I am quite thankful. I can see the appeal because they offer ‘playground’ facilities in an indoor environment but the noise and action is just overwhelming. I found it daunting so I cannot begin to imagine how young children must feel. Miss O who is 4 & 1/2 seemed absolutely shell-shocked.
The birthday party is a fixed price per child and that covers their admission (normally $9) plus party food, cake and a bag of goodies. Each child received a hot dog (frankfurt in a bread roll), french fries and a small packaged juice drink. The cake was a doughnut stack and the bag of goodies contained some lollies (packaged), balloons, whistle, a pair of socks, pencils, and a mirror/comb compact. Each item was individually packed in plastic.
I remember my daughters going to a couple of birthday parties at McDonald’s and was amazed to hear parents singing the praises of not having to arrange and prepare a birthday party at home.
Belle has organised birthday parties for Miss O and Izz at home or a local park and I am sure they were not deprived by this. There was a range of party food which included healthy options and a cake decorated specifically for the occasion. I do not think they have been deprived because of this.
What are your experiences and thoughts of children’s birthday parties?