Adventures in Adequacy
This week’s Adventures in Adequacy comes from Beth in Florida. Beth solved the problem of how to have a toddler birthday party with a minimum of drama and expense and maximum fun for attendees. She did this without a caterer, an event planner, or a $500-an-hour clown.
The Completely Adequate
Friday was Alex’s 2nd birthday, and at the last minute, I decided to have a small shindig…..but 2 year olds are nuts, so nothing terribly orchestrated would work for terrorists. Here was my path:
- Sent out a text message for a play date at the park with about 8 moms—did not reveal it was for his birthday.
- People would buy crap we don’t need and I would have to find a place in the shoe box we call a house to put un-needed crappola.
- People wouldn’t come because they didn’t want to deal with figuring out a gift (aka-losers)
- No gifts = I don’t have to send thank you notes.
- Bought vanilla cupcakes with sprinkles and chocolate brownie bites for treats from Publix. Fed my kids the white stuff….let other people deal with chocolate drool on their own kid. No drinks provided—most bring their own sippy cup with whatever for their kids.
- Made a stop to Party City to construct goodie bags for the kids. (hats, midget sunglasses, Mardi Gras beads, those little doo bangies that you blow on and they roll out and sometime whistle, chocolate candies and gummy fruits!!)
- Brought beach balls for the kids to attack and chase at the park—were a huge hit.
Play at park, throw garbage in can, go home, done. I was able to socialize, take pics, and not be worried about whacking piñatas or whatever.
Effort: a couple of hours, max, including the event itself.
Total cost: $50