Yesterday I threw together Terran’s very first, all-out birthday party complete with decorations, friends, loot bags, and games.
It’s the kid’s 7th birthday.
I should backtrack a little here to explain that it’s not like it’s the first birthday party I’ve ever thrown. My other three kids have been able to brag about some pretty fucken fantastic parties. ‘Cause I’m psycho mom. I’m the mom other mother’s hate. I’m the mom who has themes and everything has to be all matchy-matchy, and I make these extravagant cakes, and I make sure the parents see said extravagant cake when they drop off their progeny, so they can say, “Did you make that?” and I can reply, “Yes, I threw it together this morning,” and then the parents can walk out feeling inferior and failures as party planners.
Poppy over at Funny or Snot made reference to the competitive nature of children’s birthday parties days before I was to host Terran’s. Although I could relate, I could also laugh at her post because I thought that I was past all of that.
thousands hundreds of dollars on parties for the older three, last year I declared, “You’ve all had 10 birthday parties. That’s enough. We’re done. From now on, when it’s your birthday, you can have a friend over for supper. That’s it.”
Terran, however, has never had a big, show-offy bash because every year his birthday lands on Labour Day long weekend so everyone is out of town.
This year though, he
wore me down convinced me to throw him a party before everyone gets the hell outta dodge.
Ok. I will throw you a party. Just a small one though.
This time though, I’m not going all psycho mother. I will not make an extravagant cake that will require an all-nighter to finish. I will not spend hundreds of dollars on loot bags. I won’t even buy matching decorations.
This is what I told myself.
…this is what I did…
I made cookies on a stick which were meant to replace the stupid loot bag in which all objects are crap anyway and are broken or lost before the guests get back to their homes.
No. NO. I don’t need this. Continue walking.