Party Girl

Monday, May 4, 2009

Yesterday I took my 5 year-old daughter to a birthday party here ...

I’m still in desperate need of this ...

and these ...

to recover.

How about you? What’s your favorite, ahem, children’s party place? And, how do you survive the soiree? Partying mom’s want to know …

Winks & Smiles,

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MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner May 4, 2009 at 8:48 AM  

Oh, nothing makes me happier than throwing the party at my house... all those crazy kids, running through the living room, tracking their little greasy fingers all over the furniture and the curtains and the window, leaving potato chip crumbs and cupcake icing in their wake. Yeah. Fun times.

I have two parties to throw in June and both the girls insist on having them at the house. No bowling or Young Chef's Academy or laser tag, Mommy. We want separate parties at the house.

Pray. For. Me.

Sapphire May 4, 2009 at 9:17 AM  

Ugh. I feel for you Wifey. Fortunately, I have managed to avoid that place with my two little ones.
My favorite party place is OPH - Other People's Houses. I have several friends that love to entertain and it shows. Whenever I go to their house for an event I feel so comfortable. That's not my thing at all. Whenever I entertain I feel so uptight and nervous the entire time. Needless to say, all of my kids birthday parties have been destination events.

Anonymous,  May 4, 2009 at 9:46 AM  

This is the first year of setting the "1 friend for each year" rule. He's turning 5 this year so I plan on taking him and 5 of his friends to pizza and a movie...if they r lucky it will be an IMAX movie worth seeing in August.

Donna Reed In Blue Jeans May 4, 2009 at 10:37 AM  

I try to avoid those places like the plague! I take three Advil when I get home and hide in my room until they kick in.

Alicia May 4, 2009 at 11:09 AM  

Bless you honey! Monkey Joe's is great any place where he can jump around is great for my 8yo.

MOMSWEB May 4, 2009 at 11:15 AM  

I'm ashamed to say that I am NOT a birthday party mama and I try to avoid them at all costs! Although my boys are older, they still get invited to toddler type parties! What the heck is that all about? Whenever I see someone coming towards me with a white envelope, I run the other way! We make birthdays EXTRA SPECIAL days to avoid having a party. The boys get to pick what they want to do and where they want to eat as long as a party isn't involved. I've gotten away with maybe one or two parties for both boys - WHEW!

Kathy B! May 4, 2009 at 11:41 AM  

I bet your kids will have a stomach/intestinal virus within the week!!! I swear, we got one everytime we went to that place.

Next time (if the party is supervised) sneak out to your car with a People magazine and read for a bit :)

Anonymous,  May 4, 2009 at 12:09 PM  

We always had parties in the backyard and if it rained, down in the basement they went.

Liz Wilkey (a.k.a. A Mom on Spin) May 4, 2009 at 4:34 PM  

Way beyond Chuck-E-Cheese in our house. . . now I have to worry that my daughters' parties don't include the third picture in your post!

Felicia - I Complete Me May 4, 2009 at 5:41 PM  

This is too funny. Fortunately my 8 month old is too young for parties (in my opinion) and my 13 year old is too old for parties (in his opinion). But I'll keep these items in mind as my 8 month old gets older.

QueenBee May 4, 2009 at 10:18 PM  

I really don't like doing parties myself, because I feel like I am stuck being the entertainment. I do allow my children (ages almost 16 in a few weeks and 13) to have parties every once in a while. But the rules are if it's something where I can't go to sleep, then it is wayyyyyyy too loud. The next thing is like, "Mom, how can we not be loud!" Then I tell them not to invite people over. Am I being cruel?

Funkidivagirl May 5, 2009 at 11:39 AM  

Every year I threw an elaborate (by yesterday's standards) party for my son until he was 6 years old with at least 15 kids invited. I loved doing it. I usually rented a space (like a school or church gym) and did my own theme or rented a jumping thing, etc. Then I got burned out.

I did the same for my daughter for 5 years, but the number of kids I invited decreased dramatically--to about 6 kids. For her 6th birthday I invited the whole class to a local park on a random day off school and had Starbucks, muffins, juice boxes and snack food. It was simple and the kids had a blast just running around. There were no games, no goody bags--nothing--just the playground equipment and a ball or two. Last year I took her and 3 friends to the zoo and lunch; that was fine.

I made my son (who stopped having parties/friends celebrating long ago) have a dance party for his 13th birthday last year and he loved it.

I will never have a party at Chuck E Cheese. My husband whines when we have to go there LOL! Maybe a bowling alley party one day...the kids seem to like that.

rachel... May 5, 2009 at 2:05 PM  

Okay, I am in the minority in that I actually enjoy taking the kids to Chuck E Cheese. Provided we go before noon on a weekday. It's practically empty then and still relatively clean.

I'm not crazy about parties there, but it still beats cooking and cleaning my house!

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