As it turns out, folks tend to give their daddies gift cards for Happy Pappy's Day. And, as it so happens, we sell gift cards on Snapgifts.com, our site (the one that I shill. Endlessly.) Holy crap on toast, folks. That week was cuh-razy. Add in a dash of gross time-mismanagement on my part and the week devolved into a complete and utter mush of mayhem.
It does not help that this summer schedule is not working. I tweaked it last week, and that worked so much better. This week, some Interesting and Major Decisions are being made, so the schedule will get switched around further. I believe, for the better.
I hate it when I let too much time pass on ye olde blog here. I never know how to peek back in and hop back on the Hamster Wheel o' Innocuous Musings. I am going to write a few more posts this week, be warned, a tidal wave of pith shall be forthcoming.
In the meantime, we are in Full-On Birthday Party Planning here - Anjali turns 3 next week and has been planning her party since January. I do keep things uncomplicated, though. When the kids were little, I had house parties, but I quickly realized the value of shooting $60 to a worthy organization willing to open its arms to a gaggle of screaming children. For now, I have both kids convinced that a birthday party at our local nature center is Totally!Rad! Like, DUDE.
I throw out some cupcakes, ice cream and water (yes, water! Not juice or punch - many of the parents of these kids are my friends and I would like them to remain my friends) The nature center provides an animal-based activity (the Birthday Princess has selected the Snakes Demonstration) I emphatically request no gifts - a few family members attend, they bring gifts and that is just the right amount of gift opening. It is just enough presents to give the party that special sort of birthday flavor, but it does not drag on, either. The guest list is straightforward - if we have hung out with you in the past few months or we share some genetic material, you are invited. I used to stress about the guest list, now I do not and I realize that it will change from year to year. Normally, I don't do gift bags, but I am taking a cue from my friend Susan this year and providing the materials for a silly craft that the kids can take home to do later.
What I have found with these Simple Simon birthday parties is that the kids simply have fun playing with each other and then stuffing their pieholes with cake. The equation is quite easy:
Kids + Easy Activity + Cake = Birthday Party
I do not see us doing any birthday extravaganzas. No magicians, no ponies, no balloon artists, no bouncy princess castles. Well....maybe.....I am thinking that each kid maybe can have ONE Birthday Blow-Out, say for the Lucky Seven birthday?
Kristen had a post the other day about the birthday parties and we certainly agree on our mutual hatred of kiddie birthday parties. Also, the comments got me thinking that I really, really like how we do things. Laidback, yet still has an aura of "birthday".
What do you think? Am I a Scrooge McGrinch O'Bailey when it comes to birthday parties?