I’m just writing this down so I can point to it when our kids are older and learn to read. “See Mike, it says so right here!” Yeah, that will work…
So. For our kids we have had small family get-togethers at our house for their first, second, and third birthdays. Nothing fancy, just a meal, a cake, and grandparents bearing presents.
At age four and five they get a party where we invite their whole preschool class and have it at a local gymnastics place. They do a fantastic job entertaining the kids for an hour and a half, serve the cake, and do all the clean-up. Simple for us, but not cheap. (For example, last Sunday was $325 for up to 20 kids. Plus cake, goody bags, and so on.)
After that, they can have a big party for any year that is divisible by 5. Other years, they can invite a couple of friends over to see a movie, or have a sleepover, or go out to dinner. You know, simple and cheap!
I’ve just seen so much extravagance where we live. Hell, the neighbors have a 5,000+ square foot house and bought the house next to them so they could have more room. They have kid parties in their yard with petting zoos and live entertainment. Fine for them (I mean that), but I guess we’re simple folk.
Cue the banjo music.