Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Kid,COs Party Plan Needs Trim

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Kid,COs Party Plan Needs Trim

Article excerpt

I WAS quite shocked by a few things I learnt this week.

Firstly, who on earth thought of injecting footballers with calf blood?

It is all too Twilight for me and makes me feel quite ill.

Secondly, I learnt that Nicole Kidman really cannot move her face. It is quite a shame because she is so beautiful but has partied way too hard with Dr Botox.

The third thing I learnt this week is the fact that childrenCOs birthday parties are really complex and difficult to organise.

We did not have a first birthday party for our toddler because I felt so overwhelmed by all the planning. So we are having a CyFabulous Flamingo Pool PartyCO for AvalonCOs second birthday in a few weeks.

Easy peasy?

No! The guest list has blown out to about 100 people.

I havenCOt told my husband yet.

I was trying not to be rude to any of our friends but stupidly invited all the siblings within each family.

I mean what is the etiquette with kidsCO birthday parties and inviting siblings?

So many of our friends have three or four kids. Do you really expect them to stay at home?

How frightfully boring and just plain rude.

So I, of course, invited the entire family. And the grandparents. And the dog.

You get my drift.

Before long we had several football and netball teams coming and who knows how many parents.

Then someone informed me that sometimes the parents do not even stay and mind their own damn kids.

What? One half of me wanted the parents to stay in case their offspring decided to impale themselves on some rusty garden stake and then sue my family for our childrenCOs future education fund.

The other half did not want them to stay because I will have to take out shares in a bakery to feed the hungry hordes.

Birthday parties are hard work and, let me tell you, it is a competitive sport.

Almost a blood sport.

Little MillerCOs mum casually told me it was no big deal but they were fairly confident Darren Percival, the singer, would be performing at the eighth birthday party. …

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