So I have a 2 year old, but said 2 year old has not yet had her party. That big event happens this weekend. We have lots of friends and family coming over to celebrate and Monkey is very excited. She asks for her “Paaty” several times a day.
I started off my party planning with the intention of keeping things laid back and simple. The problem is that I am a bit of a details fanatic. Not only do I like to plan out the details I like to add more details. I choose a basic plan and suddenly I am coming up with more ideas than is humanly possible for me to pull off. I promise I have not been too out of control so far but there have been moments when my mind was running wild with possible menu’s, homemade decorations, party games, and party favors. Balloons and streamers and more all in the colors of the rainbow.
I like throwing parties. Luke could care less. This is good because he keeps me from going overboard, losing my mind, and spending a fortune.
So instead of a full gourmet meal we will have a handful of yummy snack options. Instead of a house full of intrically made homemade decorations we will have cute and simple homemade decorations supplemented with a few store bought things. In place of party favors we will have *gasp*…nothing.
Yep you heard me right, nothing. In theory I actually think party favors are ridiculous. Why in the world should kids get gifts for attending another child’s birthday party? Isn’t coming to a party with all of your friends and getting to play and eat copious amounts of fun food enough? Party favors can cost a lot of money and in some cases are just a bunch of cheaply made plastic toys, anyways.
Now before I get a bunch of people mad at me because I am openly bashing party favors, I know that party favors can be a fun extension of the party’s theme, this is part of why I have caught myself thinking about party favors for Monkey’s party.
Yes, I have a 2-year old girl’s rainbow birthday party on the brain, but even though I am a bit over board in my thinking about this party I am trying my best to not let those overboard thoughts manifest and turn into a crazy over the top birthday party. So if you see me wandering through stores around town talking to myself, consulting lists, and putting things in my cart only to later put them back on the shelf just know that I am not normally this focused on rainbows. I just keep repeating to myself that “I will not go overboard, I will not go overboard, I will not go overboard.”
So what are your thoughts on party favors and goody bags? Are they an absolute party necessity and I am a terrible mommy for not providing them or are they unnecessary and costly?
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