Marcel’s birthday party was yesterday. It was old school. He only invited four friends (plus a sibling or two). You turn four, you get to invite four friends. That was the formula my mom used, and it works. It was all boys. That’s what he asked for. It was outside in a park. I asked him what he could do with his friends if he could pick anything. He chose the thing he does best: baseball.
I wanted to have it over with early because I knew that a day of waiting for a party would unravel him. When he is unraveled it gets ugly around here.
So we put all that together, and had the easiest party EVER. I sent the invites out three weeks ago; bring a glove, and a mug. Come to the park (which overlooks the Casco Bay, and has a playground and a ball field) at 8:45 am! Kids get up early. Parents need coffee. Everyone needs breakfast.
Our friends stayed for three hours, and left with exhausted, sun drenched, happy kids. I paid for two boxes of coffee, and two dozen donuts and some cider. No balloons, face painting, tokens or themes. Just a ball field and a gorgeous day. For goodie bags I handed out toys Marcel was done with, and books we had read.
Marcel reported it was the best party EVER. I agree. To keeping it simple, and allowing for play!
All games have their own rules ultimately.
Have any great easy party stories to share? Do you keep to the “invite as many kids as you are turning” formula? What wisdom do you have to share on the topic?