Waiting for all hell to break loose (but we’ll still give them goodie bags when they trash the house)

Snowman cookies

Snowman cookies ready for the goodie bag

I don’t know what we were thinking. Tomorrow we will be invaded by an army of preschoolers, many with their younger siblings and parents in tow. For tomorrow, The Girl turns 5.

It feels like this birthday party has taken on a life of it’s own. What started as a small affair with 5 friends has somehow tripled in size. There will be 14 kids here between the ages of 6 months and 6 years. Add in at least a parent, maybe 2 for each and we are going to have a houseful.

In the living room, my wife is putting the finishing touches on some of the goodie bags. Like many, we wrestled with whether to do goodie bags or not. But I know that The Girl looks forward to that bag of trinkets when she goes to a party. Let’s face it – kids LOOOOVE goodie bags. Plus, I think it is a nice lesson in gratitude for our kids to learn. These kids were nice enough to come to the party, so let’s thank them for their time and generosity by giving them a little something in return.

The one thing we did decide about the goodie bags was to forgo the cheap plastic dollar store crap and try to go for something homemade and useful. So my wife, being the crafty girl she is, has been working with Maggie this week baking and crafting up a storm of goodie bag treats. The package includes a homemade sugar cookie Maggie and Mom decorated as a snowman (snowmen are the theme), a small picture frame from the local craft store that the kids can colour with markers, and a package of “snowman soup” – hot chocolate mix with a couple marshmallows, kiss and a candy cane stir stick that we had leftover from Christmas. Simple, tasty and no trinkets. I think the kids will like it. Hell, it’s cookies and chocolate, what’s not to love?

So, wish me luck. We have batten down the hatches, hidden as many breakables as possible and have stocked up on copious amounts of wine to help us deal with the aftermath tomorrow night. But this ain’t about us. There is only one person I hope has a great time tomorrow. Happy birthday, my girl!

4 responses to “Waiting for all hell to break loose (but we’ll still give them goodie bags when they trash the house)

  1. Nice…..nothing better than a house full of 5 year olds! I'm with you on the Loot Bags. I've started doing a make-and-take craft at the party, and then giving them a Kinderegg to go. Still includes chocolate, and that's what's important! Have a great day!

  2. A rule of thumb that we used was: child's age >= number of guests – worked well for us.

  3. Good rule! The difficulty was with siblings and friends with multiple kids who are all kinda around the same age. For example, we have family friends who have a 6 year old boy and a 4 year old girl. In the past, it has been the 6 year old boy and Maggie who have tended to hang out together. But as their 4 year old gets older, she and Maggie are hanging out more. Which one do we invite? Well, pretty well need to have them both. And we've got a few families that are like that. Add in the kids from her preschool that she wants to have and, well, things go crazy quickly.

    But this is not a terrible problem to have, imho. I feel blessed that my kids have lots of relationships and, despite the undertones of old man grumbling in the post, things went really well at the party and I think everyone had a great time.

  4. It was a great party. Kids all played well and we all had a great day. Turned ot to be way less stressful than I thought it might be. And nothing got broken – dishes, lamps or feelings.