As parents, we do the best we can to manage our expectations when it comes to hosting our children’s birthday parties. After all, if you think about it, it really doesn’t take THAT much to make a child feel special. From the time of my oldest son’s first party, I’ve since become quite the expert with regard to the “Do’s and Don’ts” of birthday celebrations.
Of all the mistakes I’ve made over the years, none is more important for me personally than to NOT make the party an “Over-The-Top” production. With three children, that means three birthday parties to plan and budget for throughout the year. It all adds up and the last thing a parent needs during a celebratory time is to stress out over money and party logistics. I do, recognize, however, that there are many mothers that are just the most crafty and talented party planners. You know who you are – the “Martha’s” of the world. If you can find the time, money, and resources to plan a really unique birthday party for your child, I hope to be a guest! But parental perception is certainly NOT the same as our children. As a result, our expectations, can take priority over our child’s. In the end, both parent and child loose out on a very special moment by sweating the small stuff. Ultimately, little things like cleaning the house, shopping for food, making sure the weather cooperates, etc., etc., aren’t what parents need to be concentrating on. It’s more about celebrating another milestone, another year of growing, learning and making our kids’ for special.
This year, we decided to eliminate some of the extra work that goes into hosting a kids’ party at home. Instead, we opted to have his party at the Fredericksburg Field House. For an hour, my son played football and soccer with 10 of his friends. The activities were led by a Field House activity coach who made sure the kids enjoyed themselves in a safe manner. While the children played, the parents watched and mingled. Afterward, we went to a private party room for pizza, cake, and to open presents.
I cannot tell you how little work my husband and I actually did in preparation for this party. Well, okay, I’ll tell you. Not very much at all. It was so nice to be able to just sit back and watch our son show-off as his scored a touchdown at his birthday party. What was ALSO very nice is that we didn’t have to worry about cleaning up ANYTHING! Nothing, NADA, zilch. What a relief!