OK, so tomorrow night is Brayden's first-ever "Ten Squealing Girls for an Overnight Slumber Party Complete with Cake and and Hot Fudge Sundaes and Karaoke and Dance Dance Revolution and Dear Lord Where is the Advil Can I Take an Entire Bottle as a Preventative Measure Now?" sleepover birthday party. I'm sure it will be fun, once my migraine goes away, the one I don't even have yet, but that I will undoubtedly get and that won't go away until probably sometime the middle of next week.
Now, irregardless of how I feel about the trend in birthday parties, for the hosts to provide all guests with take home goody bags and party favors so no-one's little feelings get hurt and God forbid that every kid there doesn't feel just as special as the birthday child, oh no *everyone* should take home a present ::insert roll-y eyes:: (remind me to tell you a hysterical story about this at the end**) Yeah, despite how I might feel about that stupid practice, we've always done it for parties we've hosted for our own kids because yep, you guessed it, as much as I bitch and moan about it, when it comes to social customs I have the spine of a jellyfish and I fold like a lawn-chair in a windstorm.
But what about tomorrow? Am I supposed to send the girls home the next morning with a goody bag? Will they be expecting something? Is one final sugar rush with donuts (because yes Megan, I remember about the donut shop by your house that is open 24/7!) going to be enough? Is taking all ten of them out for pizza, then back here for an overnight sugar frenzy, too lame? Are they going to leave here disappointed if they don't have goody bags? And if I *am* supposed to give goody bags, does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should give ten and eleven year old girls?
Ideas? Opinions? Assvice?
**So this one time, at band camp ..... no, of course I'm kidding. This one time a friend of mine told me about a birthday party she had taken her two young kids to attend, and they gave a pretty nice gift to the birthday child ---- then a nicer, bigger, more expensive version of the gift they gave was given back to them in each of their goody bags! How embarrassing is that?? And funny, too. Well, sure, funny because it wasn’t me, of course. But it sure sounds like something that would happen to me.