With Immy now at 4 year old kindy we seem to be in the midst of birthday party mayhem. She has been at school for just two terms and we just got home from the tenth birthday party (the majority of but not all of which were parties for new kindy friends). On occasion there has even been a run of three or four weekends in a row that have involved four or five year old birthday parties. I don’t want to appear ungrateful but it really starts to eat into the weekend time you have to do things around the house and to spend time as a family (though I am sure to be feeling it more than usual with a newborn to juggle). I have also delayed starting Immy in any form of Saturday morning dance or sporting class because she would have missed half of the sessions anyway.
There is also the cost of supplying a constant stream of party gifts, something that was certainly not in our budget. To help combat the expense I have been shopping the recent department store sales and those of my favorite online toy stores. I can proudly say that for the first time ever we have a present box 🙂 Many of the gifts could be given to either a boy or a girl – things like art and craft supplies, kites, books and games (I personally love the Orchard Toys range of games for younger children). I have also purchased a collection of birthday cards from the discount store and added these to the box (I can’t tell you how organised I feel right now) and Immy and I have taken to decorating sheets of brown paper with crayons, paints or stamps if we don’t have any appropriate wrapping paper in the house.
I love that my big girl is making friends and being included but I was truly unprepared for the impact of quite so many celebrations. The thought of RSVP-ing that we are unavailable is tempting but I feel bad about Immy missing out, especially as the children are all so excited about their parties and talk about them incessantly in the lead up to the big day!
So tell me – does your child get invited to many birthday parties? For those with older children, does there come an age where it is less likely that the whole class will be invited? And do you have a kids present box? What’s in it?
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