...guess what kind of a weekend that means WE'RE having?
What? Did you say we're throwing a big fancy party?
Yeah, well, then you're wrong.
Instead this happens to be the weekend where ALL of my kids' friends seem to have birthday parties. Apparently my little girls are prejudiced against people with birthdays in any other month.
(not really... but it feels like that right now)
These gifts are for the parties that are happening this weekend starting tonight (a sleepover) and finishing tomorrow afternoon.
If H is lucky we will have time to rush home after the sleepover to allow for tooth brushing and something to eat besides popcorn before the second party begins.
If M is lucky she will be able to not have a complete come-apart waiting for her party to begin on Saturday afternoon.
If I am lucky ManOfTheHouse will offer to do all of the dropping off/picking up/making sure they remember to take the right gift back to the right girl...
If the boys are lucky none of them will require transportation anywhere during this stretch of time.
and if I am TRULY lucky? then the world at large will realize what a monumental waste of money/annoyance to all parents those silly "treat bags" are.
Seriously - and I've been guilty in the past - have you ever seen some of the junk in these bags... little miniature coloring books that get filled up with one touch of a marker - bracelets that fall apart by the time the kid goes to sleep - lip gloss that is destined to ruin a load or two of laundry... you know, basically the same crap that was in the dentist's "treasure box" when I was a kid... like that made up for having to endure 10 minutes with that flouride gel in your mouth.
NOTHING makes up for that horrendous stuff. Just sayin'
I feel for party parents, really I do - treat bags seem to be expected these days... I have had kids ask me for them as they go to leave... the best? The kid who was wearing the apron and chef's hat I'd made for each of the party guests and carrying the miniature cake they'd just decorated to take home... still wants a treat bag... trust me, if I'd known that's all that was required for a party I would have skipped the hours of sewing and baking.
So hey, if it makes you feel better - and it WILL make the kids happier - throw a few dollars into your treat bags... but don't kid yourself that any parent on the planet is going to be happy with you when they step on that stupid plastic spinning top tomorrow morning.