Ron's Birthday Party

In our family we usually have a special family dinner, rather low-key. But, we've also arrived at the comprimise that every few years they can have an official birthday party. At ages 7, 10, 13, 16. Ron will turn 7 this month. Hence, Ron's party is next week.

I've discovered that even moderate birthday parties can be ridiculously expensive. And that otherwise sane adults can slip over the edge into madness trying to balance the cost with the desire of their child to invite every single person he's ever met.

I can't imagine the horror of hosting three parties a year, every year. I'd definitely burn-out (both financially and creatively). Fortunately, I do this so rarely that I still get to be excited. And I am SO excited!

We're giving Ron a superhero/Justice-League party (mostly that turns out to be Superman, Batman, and Wonderwoman) I've learned that it pays to put your money in items that really make an impact. We're having the party at the community center in the conference room (which is attached to a kitchen). Its a huge room with lots of windows and whatever table formation I request.

The best part of using the community center is the family-friendly pool. Its amazing! So we'll have pizza and cake in the room and then head down to the pool. Since there's unlimited space, and since I want pool chaperones because I refuse to host the party where one kid drowns another kid, we also asked all the parents and siblings.

But the part that actually made me laugh out loud today was when the delivery guy delivered my tins. They're fabulous! A few weeks ago at a festival with small vendors I saw a tin lunchbox on sale. It had Superman on it, so I bought it. I heard the vendor tell his wife she needed to order some more. Later that night I showed it to my husband and he had the BRILLIANT idea of using tin lunchboxes instead of "treat bags". I checked on the interent and found the boxes ON CLEARANCE at www.tinboxco.com. I was momentarily thwarted by the fact its a wholesale company. Then in a flash, I remembered that I wrote a check to the small vendor! And that he needed to order more anyway! And that its a small town so his number was probably in the phonebook! He's a nice fellow, who has heard weirder requests in his lifetime, so he ordered the Superman, Batman, and Wonderwoman lunch boxes. He even sold them to me at about cost+tax! This means that I saw the lunchboxes at retail for $14 and I paid $3 for them. We're filling them with art supplies that I bought at the end of August when stores were having the "back-to-school" sales. Each one will have Crayola fat markers, thin markers, and crayons. I'm adding a sheet of JusticeLeague stickers to carry on the theme. I figure each "treat tin" will be valued at between $20 and $25 dollars, and I paid about $5. The only thing better than a fabulous party-favor is a fabulous party-favor 80% off retail! I'm so excited I can't breath!!!!!

Waves

That is so creative and sure to be a big hit. We limited the number of birthday parties for the twins also.

Earth Girl | 12/02/2004 - 04:17 PM

Our firstborn was slated to be born on Feb 29, 1992. I wanted it to happen so bad so I could torture him with only being 4 years old on his 16th birthday. Unfortunately, he was 7 days late.

King of Fools | 12/03/2004 - 02:39 PM

7, 10, 13, and 16, hmmm? So the two youngest will overlap three times. Good thing their birthdays are six months apart...

2004 - 1
2006 - 1
2007 - 1
2009 - 2
2010 - 1
2012 - 2
2013 - 1
2015 - 2
2018 - 1

Hey King - a friend of mine was born on Leap Day. We had fun kidding him then, but now he's only 9 and I'm somewhat older...

All - make sure you check out my "homepage" - I thought it appropriate for this post.

Lucy's Husband | 12/03/2004 - 06:26 PM

Please note I have an entire year off before each of the double years :)

I'm already excited about the party of Summer 2006!

Lucy | 12/03/2004 - 07:52 PM

Today I bought Justice League vitamins! I think that qualifies as lungeing over the edge into madness :p

Lucy | 12/03/2004 - 07:56 PM

Now Lucy, you have never reached madness that I am aware of. I better check with your husband though, just to make sure.

Janelle | 12/07/2004 - 10:14 AM
 
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