February approaches and the whispers of the Birthday Party Brigade have already begun. It seems every child turns 4 in March, like its the rule. What was 9 months before that…? Oh yes, long summer nights 😉
It appears I had already missed the boat on inviting Darcie’s birthing group to her party; Early Jan the 1st Save the Date text arrived! A party fixed on the exact date Darcie’s party was intended to be for. Ah well – 8 less party bags to stuff full of sugary rubbish and plastic tat; Not such a bad thing.
This year all parents to little girls have been cursed by Disney: The Frozen Era! I have lost count of the amount of Frozen themed birthday parties my circle of mummy friends and I have been subject to over the past few months. If I hear Let It Go one more time…
Of course the first thing that comes out of Darcie’s mouth as I utter the words with bated breath, “Any thoughts on Birthday party ideas?” The reply made me wince, “FROZZZZZZZEN I WANT A FROOOOZZZZZEEEEEN PARTY.” Gotta hand it to her – kid knows what she wants.
So, dutifully dotting Daddy and crazed muma set about planning, booking and trying to fiddle a Frozen party out of a tight budget. I’m thinking colour themes of the film, and not the actual Disney character plastic cups for £74565000000 for 10! Oh what a whinger I am. But seriously the amount they charge for a kid to have a drink out of a plastic cup which will inevitably be knocked over, soaking the bloody character gold plated table cloths, the super doper Olaf Napkins and pool a neat squash puddle drowning their party rings on the Elsa Plates -DO NOT PUT FOOD OR DRINK ON THE TABLEWARE!!!!! So, to save my hysteria we have settled on a few helium Elsa balloons which should last a little better than extortionate paper rubbish.
If the planning wasn’t enough of a minefield it’s got nothing on the complexity of compiling: The Guest List.
Apparently boys don’t make the cut anymore: Q Muma reasoning with, and then pleading that some of her good mummy friends have little boys and it’s not going to look good in Muma World if those ruddy little faces aren’t sitting around that unDisney party table eating my Lidl nibbles. Phew good, 3 made it through to The List.
The girls were slightly more tricky. we went with a blanket invite approach: Whole class. If you have a tray – they’ll be an invite in it!
DISASTER STRUCK: What should there be in all of these little darlings drawers: ANOTHER PARTY INVITE! AAAAAhhhhhhhhhh! Well we ploughed on, and amended a few invites to read ‘AND SIBBLINGS’. – Most we know anyway and are thankfully lovely!
Etiquette dictates you should always reply to an invitation. I always do and feel it is the right thing to do. So, like always I replied to the Little girl’s Muma which is also having a Frozen party at the same time as Darcie’s. -Lovely little message it was, did I get a reply? Hell no I didn’t! Did same muma reply to the invitation Darcie had kindly put in her friends tray? HELL NO! Seriously, manners people, manners.
Don’t like to boast, but 10 out of 12 little girls in their class will be at Darcie’s party. Pays to be nice in the playground…