I just returned from a 4 year old birthday party. While there, I was thinking someone should warn you at the birth of your child that you will be consuming more cake and pizza than you can envision for the next 7-10 years. In other words, either take up running to work it off or start buying pants a few inches bigger. Better yet, some financial institution should come up with some type of fund, similar to a college fund that you can start to prepare for the cost of birthday parties over the next 7-10 years. I had no idea what I was getting into. No one told me the days of “pin the tail on the donkey” and ” musical chairs” in your house was over. I had no idea that parents would have “to rent” facilities for parties.
No doubt, I’m old school when it comes to birthday parties. In my mind, a cake, a few presents, family, and a couple of friends would do the trick. And in fact, if this industry was built with the kid in mind, this would be enough. What may have started as a way to give the parents a break appears to have turned into a competition between parents for the best birthday party.