I am so *over* birthday parties!

When I first became a mom, I loved birthday parties because that meant a chance to socialize with other moms, see my kid have fun and shop for cute party gifts for the birthday boy or girl. I threw myself into preparations for my oldest’s birthday parties with the same amount of enthusiasm that I planned my wedding! Adorable favors, adorable invitations, a cute, custom-made cake, a fun theme…OMG, what an incredible waste of money over events he doesn’t remember! Now that my oldest is turning 9, and we’ve added two more kids into the mix, I’d seriously rather do just about anything than stand there like an idiot at the jumpy places where everyone has their parties, while my kids ingest gallons of orange cheese balls and fight over which one of them got the best loot in their party bags. With another party coming up, I’m tempted to bribe my kid with $500 (the cost of the party place, cake, party favors and gifts for him) just to pass on his big bash. And to make matters worse, he wants a sleepover!!

Jorie

Jorie Mark is Vitacost.com’s Director of Marketing Communications and mom to three kids, ages 3 to 11.

About Jorie

Jorie Mark is Vitacost.com’s Director of Marketing Communications and mom to three kids, ages 3 to 11.

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2 comments on «I am so *over* birthday parties!»

  1. Maria says:

    My son and I share a birthday. Imagine the pain it is to plan something kid AND adult friendly. Then it hit me! I made a decision a while ago, that I was not going to plan or do a birthday party for people to come eat, drink, and criticize (because you know they do), not to mention bring crappy gifts! Seriously, who wants to do all that work on their birthday?! :-) Instead we have opted to pick somewhere we both enjoy, eat something we love, and go shopping for our own gifts. Ya know, stuff we actually want! There has been no drama, no misbehaved kids ruining anything, no snickering moms, or anything that could potentially go wrong. Question now is, how long do you think we can get away with this? :-D

  2. Jorie says:

    Hmmm, how old is your son? Mine is turning 9…I know this year he wanted friends and cake and gifts! I wish I’d thought of your approach a few years ago! No fussing around, no parents criticizing anything, getting your own gifts–that sounds like perfection to me!

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