A Tale of Two Parties

A Tale of Two Parties

Birthday boy in his new "Cool" shirt. He said "This makes me look handsome, doesn't it?"

Thanks to preschool, Robbie caught on to the concept of the birthday party sometime in early September. By party, I mean one involving lots of kids, sugar, balloons and possibly a clown, or a rock band or a troupe of circus performers. Up until then his birthdays had consisted of close family coming to share cake and ice cream. But once sparked, his imagination had no limits and he began a five month journey of planning his birthday party.

When he was angry with a friend, he would say “You’re not coming to my party!” and, conversely, when he was happy with me or Toby he would say “Oh you can come to my party!”

We decided to let him have his first “real” birthday party with friends but with obvious limits. Four or five kids, a $100 budget, and no paid performers. He settled on the bowling alley and, not wanting to subject the grandparents, aunts and uncles to this level of sugar-addled torture, we decided to still host the much tamer “cake and ice cream” event at our home….and that is how Robbie’s party mania blossomed into “TWO PARTIES!”

I include the punctuation like this because this is exactly how the words were spoken each and every time they came from the lips of Birthday Boy himself.

Let me just say this. If you’re going to have a “kid party” do go with the paid performers – but not clows. Get babysitters to help wrangle the children.

Are you gonna eat that?

The usual suspects.

Just one lick. It is MY party, after all.

Mmmm! Sugar filled sugar with sugar frosting. Just the fuel I need!

You'd think they were checking their stocks or something, but they are always like this.

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    Sharon
    January 28th, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Holly, it’s sooo crazy…..We booked during the Christmas break the bowling alley for Kevin’s 5th in March 🙂 It looks like a fun party on a reasonable budget. Mom told me the trends for kids parties were getting insane stateside….. Did you do all the baking, just the cupcakes or did you outsource this year?

    Robbie loves Spongebob? Kev too…. We have to get these two together this year sometime….It would be a great playdate, also for the mommies, don’t ya think? 🙂

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    Ronda Rae
    January 28th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Maybe next year you could get one of those inflatable bounce house type things! That could be a good way for all the kids to expel their energy from the sugar rush!

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    Holly
    January 28th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Sharon – Yes we need to get them together. You’ll be stateside in June, right? I did none of the baking. I intended to do it all but the time just got away from us and we opted to outsource. It was $28 for both cupcakes and cake – so not too bad considering how long it would have taken to make all that.

    Ronda – I’d love it if we could do that but it was about 25 degrees this year on his birthday. A January birthday in Utah leaves you with very few outdoor options!

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    Amber
    January 30th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    What a stud. Can’t believe he is 4! It was fun to see him the other day!

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    Shannon
    January 31st, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    YAY!!! Happy (late) birthday Robbie! It is crazy that he is 4 already! He is such a cutie!

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    Marisa
    February 2nd, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    He looks so grown up!

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