A word of advice from a "party pro":
"DO I NEED TO
PROVIDE GOODIE BAGS?
HOW ABOUT A PIÑATA?
GAMES LIKE 'PIN THE TAIL ON THE DONKEY'?
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I ORGANIZE?"
I'll save you some trouble here … the short answer is NO, you really don't need all of that.
RELAX! Enjoy this moment with your child!
You don't need two hours of unrelenting frantic activity, and your child doesn't care about decorations, fancy plates or invitations, he cares about YOU and your presence. Your undivided, calm attention means more than anything you could do in the way of planned activities.
BE AT THE PARTY, don't be a stagehand worrying about making the next act of the show a hit (and then the next, and the next…) Trust the children, they already know how to have fun!
Then, when the day is finished (and later, when you're 90) you won't have that "I'm glad we managed to get through the ordeal" feeling. Instead, you AND your child will have the only thing anyone can ever really keep: a cherished memory of sharing a happy day as your child passes a milestone!
LET ROSS TAKE CARE OF THE
My show is plenty of entertainment, and when it's over,
most children are happy to simply have a piece of cake and then play with their friends!
the ICE CREAM…
Isn't that ENOUGH???
Everyone gets a prize from Ross at the end of the show, and they're happy. If you skip the goodie bags, NO ONE will miss them, mention them, ask for them … you can just forget about them AND STILL BE A GOOD PARENT!
If you have a cultural tradition that demands a piñata, go for it … we're losing too many of our traditions these days.
But my feeling is:
(1) It takes FOREVER and the kids get bored…
(2) The darned things are almost unbreakable, and a grownup
will have to "finish the job" after the kids get tired of trying…
(3) "Oh boy! Blindfolded kids swinging a bat! Now THERE'S a good idea!"
You COULD just "cut to the chase" and throw a bucket of candy on the ground.
That's a joke.
OK, maybe it's not.
like "Pin the Tail on the Donkey"
or crafts or videos or something else to keep them busy?
When my show is over, they're TIRED! You give 'em the cake and you've done your job!
I think it was put very well by Carolyn Hax, writing in the Washington Post (June 20, 2004) about goodie bags: "The [child] won't remember them, guests won't miss them … and if you're looking for a way to savor life, eliminating anything that makes you a wreck for no good reason is an excellent place to start."
Call Ross today at (703) 000-0000