Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Teagan has a big birthday coming up. She's turning 5 on March 16. For the past 3 birthdays, we haven't had big parties. We have dinner with family, we plan a fun weekend... there's presents and cake and ice cream. Jeff and I have always said that when she turns 5, that will be her first "friend" party. because when she turns 5, she'll be in school and she'll have a social group and turning 5 is a big deal and... And now she's turning 5. And we are faced with choices about the birthday as it approaches. We are about 6 weeks out... Do we stick with the same thing we used to do? Family dinner, special day of fun, presents, cake, ice cream? Do we have a party where we invite some friends to join in on the fun? And if we do go with a "friend" party.... oooooh boy... Where do we have it? How much are we willing to spend? How many kids do we invite? How do we decide which kids to invite? What are the etiquette rules? Do we include siblings or just the kid we actually know? Should I be concerned that Teagan hasn't been invited to any birthday parties? Should I have gift bags? Should I expect parents to stay with their kids? Will they know that or do I have to explain it? So here are some things I'm considering... 1. Monkey Joe's. It's a big inflatable bounce house place. We've gone a few times and had a lot of fun each time. They have party rooms and we can have cake and pizza and so on. Teagan has seen kids having parties there before and expressed a desire to have her birthday there. Big expense but minimal headache in regards to planning. Plus, party packages will dictate how many kids we invite. OR we invite 2-3 friends to join us there to just have fun. But that would be more of a playdate than a party. 2. Conner Prairie. Maybe just have a couple of friends join us for a day at Conner Prairie (living history museum). We are members so the only expense will be admission for the other kids and food- we would have lunch before or while there. I'm also going to see if they have anything they do for birthdays (and if they don't... I have ideas that I think would be a big hit). I haven't found anything online but am going to call. 3. Chuck E Cheese. Most likely NOT going to happen. But maybe... it should still be considered. And... I'm out of ideas. Any input? Great birthday stories to share? My only limitation... we can't do a party at our house. But we are open to all other possibilities!