15 Musings On The Occasion of Toddler Birthday Parties
Mini attended two fêtes this weekend for toddler contemporaries of his. The feeling around the house was festive, and this mood was bolstered by the fact that neither of the two parties took place at Chuck E. Cheese’s. I suppose that’s not surprising, given the fact that parents of other toddlers would be aware of the fact that Chuck E. Cheese’s is mostly a deathtrap for kids under 3. Still, I appreciated being spared the trip to Charles Le Fromage. Everyone made it through the parties without any major traumas, unless you count me only having two bites of cake a trauma. Which–now that I think about it–I kind of do. Regardless. The list.
- Despite your best intentions, licensed characters might be frightening to young children.
- That’s right, even a licensed character as beloved as Elmo can be frightening when seen out of context; viz. when seen in real life, in the middle of a play gym, making baloon animals, instead of safely ensconced in the TV set where he belongs.
- There is an increased chance of licensed characters being frightening to young children when Elmo is replaced by El Moe (a licensed character after a fashion from Poppyseed Street) shows up–complete with bare human hands, scrappy, matted fur, and Marty Feldman eyes.
- You can never order too much cheese pizza for a group of 2-year olds.
- Similarly, never underestimate how good cheese pizza looks at 10:30 am on a Sunday morning when you’re stuck at a toddler party and they are “waking up the floor.”
- Four pieces of baklava is more than enough for one person.
- Four pieces of baklava is more than enough for one person, even if that person is a 35-year-old premenstrual carbohydrate addict.
- You should seriously consider having a train table at your event.
- If you have a train table at your event, place it towards the back of the room, so that parents can at least pretend to socialize with each other at the cake table whilst the trainiacs play with Thomas, James, Peter Sam, et al.
- If you hold your toddler’s birthday party at My Gym, Gymboree, or a similar play/gym establishment, try to work out a balance between organized activities and free play. Too much free play is excruciatingly boring for the parents, but expecting too much “circle time” involving the “waking up” of floors and the like, is equally unrealistic for a group of two year olds jacked up on sugar.
- You can never schedule too much time on the Peg Perego Ride-on Train.
- And if you schedule too little, oh the places you’ll go.
- Leaving a cake out unattended, on a 3-ft tall counter, is not putting yourself in a position to succeed.
- The 25-year-old, childless attendants at My Gym are not the best people to establish rules about where toddlers can and cannot eat.
- You can therefore never have too many handi wipes on hand.
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