My son’s fourth birthday is in late November. It is early September and I have already
started planning it. It is amazing how
many choices that I have to make when planning a birthday party for someone who
cannot even spell the word “cake” yet. What venue should I book? Who
should I order the cake from? Who
should I invite? Do I serve a meal or
just hors d’oevres? What should I use
for decorations? What will be the theme
of the party?
It is absurd that I am putting this much effort into a
birthday party that my son will not even remember. I’ll take pictures, mind you, and later in his life I’ll show him
those pictures and say, “See? See how
much trouble I went to? Aren’t I a good
People will come to the party and bring gifts for my son. The attendance will be a true testament to
how popular I am. I will prepare a
goody bag worthy of the Academy Awards so that everyone goes home wondering how
I was able to pull it all together. This birthday party will, after all, be all about me.
Honestly, spending $250 on a party is not something I should
be doing. I would prefer to have my family and a couple of close friends over
for some homemade cake and conversation but can I really do that? Would it be fair to my son? He attends at least one birthday party each
month in which swarms of children gather around a $50 cake and sing “Happy
Birthday” in sync until they get to the child’s name. They NEVER know whose birthday it is. All they care about is the cake and the goody bag. The rest is meaningless to them.
Unfortunately, it is not meaningless to me. I will throw this party. I will pick the perfect venue. I will invite everyone I know. I will order a cake worthy of Suri Cruise’s
first birthday and I will spend entirely too much time and money creating the
perfect goody bag. My friends and
family will walk away from the party with great admiration for my skills as a
party planner and Mother. $250.00 seems
like a bargain for that.
Don’t worry. I
haven’t forgotten my son. I really hope
he has a good time.