SO, Elliot has been to a few birthday parties but yesterday he received his first invitation from another kid at school. (Daycare, whatever.) I know that in public schools, you can’t send out invites unless EVERYone gets to come, which is lame lame lame. When I was a kid, you didn’t worry about offending people that didn’t get invited because chances were, they didn’t care anyway. You didn’t invite them because they weren’t your friend. So it didn’t matter. But that’s not the point.
The invitation has Tinkerbell on it and the party is apparently being held at a hotel here in town. There was a small piece of paper tucked inside requesting – no, very seriously making clear – that everyone RSVP by the 17th so that “all children may receive a costume and a goodie bag.” Costume? What kind of 3 year old party is this going to be? We are so intrigued that we are definitely going. If nothing else than to see what kind of bar the other parents are setting for their kids turning three.
For Elliot’s first birthday we went all out: lots of beer, people and decorations. For his second, we didn’t invite as many people and didn’t really play it up. But this year? We’ll have to actually invite his friends. And have things he wants to do. I’m thinking we have it somewhere I don’t have to clean up. I’m thinking at a park or playground. Because then the kids can go blow the stink off by running around away from me then reconvene to get all messy with cake. And then their parents can take ’em home and we can up and leave too.
But here’s a question: what do you get a three year old girl? Do I assume she likes fairies/Disney princess junk? Or should I go gender neutral and get something educational or just fun? I don’t know much about this stuff because a.) I have boys and b.) I never liked dolls or make-up or anything pink or girlie when I was little. I was into Legos and Ghostbusters and drawing.
So, if you have any suggestions, that’d be awesome. I’m at a loss and have about a week and a half to get some kind of gift!