My kids were invited to 3 parties this past weekend. My husband and I chauffeured them around all day. Every time I go to a birthday party, I see parents work to a great extent for their kids. Birthday parties you see in the U.S. are nothing like those you see in Japan. I only had a few small birthday parties growing up when I was in elementary school and only remember going to my friends’ birthday parties a handful of times growing up. Not many kids have a birthday party and if they do, it’s usually in a small-scale and low-key compared to those in the States. No bouncy house, no carnival, no Build-A-Bear. We still had fun. Parents don’t bring cakes to preschool or school either. You might say that’s boring, but if you grow up in that, it’s just how it is and wouldn’t even think that is not fun. When you become a parent, it is a lot more work and money to have birthdays for your kids in the U.S.
I get ideas from being at different birthday parties. There are different themes and games people choose for their parties and it’s fun to see them. My older daughter is getting to the age where her friends are starting to have drop-off birthday parties. I know that when kids turn 6 or 7, they start having a sleep-over birthday party. That sounds like fun. I can’t wait to have a smaller scale party for my girls especially since their birthdays are only two days apart around Thanksgiving and my life gets so hectic.
The photos are from one of the birthday parties my kids went to this past weekend. It was a perfect day for a backyard birthday party. I loved the decoration with the tutus and goodie bags hung on the clothes line. It looked so cute and whimsical. My friend, the mom of the birthday girl, made all the tutus. She spent many hours hand crafting for the party and believe it or not she has a 5-month-old baby as well. The rocket on the cake was also made by her. It’s made with rice crispy treat. She said she molded the rice crispy treat into a shape of a rocket while it was still warm. Then she frosted it. She said that making the frosting and coloring it into different colors took more time than decorating the rice crispy treat. The whole production sounded like a lot of work!
Now I’m thinking what I should do for my girls this year. The great thing about moving to Indonesia is that I’ll have an outdoor option for my daughters’ birthday party and it’ll be less expensive than having one in the States. Even though my daughters’ birthdays are at the end of November when it usually gets too cold for an outdoor party here in the DC Metro area, the tropical weather in Indonesia will allow us to have an outdoor or even a pool party!