I absolutely love parties! As I’ve mentioned many a time before, birthdays are big in our family and in my opinion, what better way to spend your special day than by having a party.
We’ve had a party every year for our kids and when I say party, let me just clarify…I’m not talking massive parties with caterers, expensive venues and personalised invitations, although having said that, those people can do that, good for them, I’m not judging at all! Over the last 7 years, I’ve done the following;-
- Ethan’s 1st birthday: party at home with 4 kids, 2 of which were his cousins. I made a little worm cake myself, bought 5 balloons, 5 matching paper plates and cups, and had a small little blow up pool that the littlies could cool themselves down in.
- Ethan’s 2nd birthday: Spur!
- Ethan’s 3rd birthday: Spur!!
- Ethan’s 4th birthday, Riley’s 1st: Spur!!! (can you tell how much I love Spur, hahahahaha)
- Ethan’s 5th birthday, Riley’s 2nd: we hired a venue close to home, The Yard, because it was Ethan’s crown birthday and we wanted to make the party extra special. We did two platters for the adults, my mum made the boys’ cakes, and we had a few sweeties and chips for the kids.
- Ethan’s 6th birthday, Riley’s 3rd: Ethan had a movie evening with 5 friends from school – I made hotdogs for dinner followed by popcorn and cooldrink…no party packs, no cake! Riley had his party at…Spur 🙂
- Ethan’s 7th birthday, Riley’s 4th: Ethan had a party with a few friends at the bike park, Riley had his party at…SPUR!!!
A friend asked me last year whether I wasn’t tired of parties at the Spur. WHY??!!!! It’s perfect. You pay for a kids package which includes a kids meal, drink, party pack and ice-cream. Order either platters or a few starters for the adults to share, depending on the number of people who attend, and pay for whatever they’re drinking. Being a kiddies party, in our experience, adults don’t go overboard on the drinking. One or two drinks and that’s it! The highlight of course is that the kids get to play and play and play to their heart’s content ❤ You leave once the party’s done, and you don’t have to worry about cleaning up yourself.
And then the cherry on top for the kids when they have parties…they get oodles of gifts from their friends and not only are they made to feel special at the actual party, but they get super spoilt with the gifts from their friends.
Ethan’s best friend doesn’t have birthday parties. His parents think that it’s better to save the money and buy an expensive/large gift for their child instead of blowing it on a party.
In my opinion, they outgrow their toys so quickly and after a few weeks/months (sometimes even days!), that toy is anyway just put in a corner with other toys and that’s it! I guess for me, it’s a thing of experience (the party) over material (the toy) and experience wins in this case.
Also, I don’t usually buy gifts for any kids unless we’re invited to a party. So all I was thinking about this weekend was how this child probably only got one gift from his parents and nobody else!
What do you think? Birthday parties or not?!