There are lots of options for birthday parties downtown.
- Children’s Museum Birthday
- Science Museum Birthday
- Saints Baseball Game in the summer
- Roller Derby in the winter
But for me, birthdays are when I especially like living in an apartment complex.
After 13 attempts hosting a child’s birthday with the parts I love and avoiding the parts I don’t, I can say that living upstairs from a pool, ping pong table, party room, and public transportation make it much easier.
On the love side:
Singing, special meals, special dessert, friends, family, and anointing a birthday king or queen to be boss for the day.
On the ugh side:
Expectations for presents, goody bags, decorations, disposables, plastic trinkets, the expense, and running around.
Birthdays #4 and #7 respectively were the first times we invited classmates to our swimming pool and party room. We added our bounce house (a relic from our surburban 1000 sq. foot garage plus 3000 sq. foot house days) and let the kids run wild. I made a cake, we sang, blew out candles. That was it. Novel for everyone, totally fun. No extra trouble. I didn’t need to clean my house, pack the car with a 100 things, or write a check. No one seemed to notice or care that I didn’t have banners, noise makers, or party favors. Some parents followed directions and didn’t bring gifts. other didn’t. I loved the ones who didn’t bring gifts, my kids loved the ones who did.
Birthdays #5 and #8, I had to up the ante. [Read more…] about Urban Birthday Parties Are Easier