Lavish birthday parties for children have inspired a backlash by a Minnesota parents’ group. Birthdays Without Pressure is trying to persuade parents to cancel the stretch limos and keep it simple, reports the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.
There was a time when a child’s birthday was marked by a gathering of a half-dozen kids at home, with a cake, ice cream and a few games.
Propelled by working parents with disposable incomes, today’s parties have become like miniweddings, with lengthy invitation lists, themed decorations and planned activities lasting three hours or more.
One mom in a western suburb hired a monster truck and demolished a car for her son’s seventh birthday. Another mom planned a lizard-themed party for her 4-year-old with a face painter, a magician and a reptile petting zoo.
I specialized in the backyard birthday party with a door on the grass for a table and rhyming clues for the treasure hunt. When I was feeling lavish, I bought a pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey game. And I recommend ice cream cake. You’ve got your cake, you’ve got your ice cream, you save a step.