Skip to comments.Parents say "enough" as child parties go wild
Posted on 01/17/2007 4:20:52 PM PST by Ptarmigan
NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters Life!) - Heard the one about a group of seven-year-olds picked up in stretch limousines to transport them to a friend's birthday party?
Or New York's designer candy store, Dylan's Candy Bar, that charges $1,200 for a 90-minute party for 20 preschoolers?
Or the sleepover party at New York's upmarket FAO Schwarz toy store on ritzy Fifth Avenue where a store spokeswoman said prices start from $25,000?
Some people are either too cranky or just too dumb to get it. Sorry you caught crap from FR's Cranky Granny Squad.
We po' fo'k slept over at the KB Toys store.
After they went bankrupt.
Did he marry a redhead and sell shoes?
Thats what my family did too. Once in awhile if the birthday fell on a Saturday or Sunday we would get to go to a movie. Now I get to go out to dinner and thats just fine.
We'll take that exorbitant party money and harvest it for use in research against global warming and harmful sonar. We'll use it to teach kids not to eat meat or trust religion. We'll end military spending and fully fund the arts and entitlements for our millions of new citizens. My comrades, the North American village is within our grasp! We need little but a Democratic President to arm the detonator!
Make HER row.
Man, you must be from the rich section of town. We went to the toy department at Zayres. At least mom got us a greasy cold bag of popcorn (to share). They had this cool water bubbler too, that if you sucked hard enough would actually let water flow through the gum stuck in it.
There are specialty party places that are big business for themed kid's parties. I personally think they are great for parents who decide to go that route. They provide the premises, costumes, food, entertain them for two hours, and clean up the mess.
I would love to be seven years old, and be invited to a place with a big old pirate ship, where I could dress up like Jack Sparrow, wield a sword, or slap on an eyepatch, rifle through chests of jewels..climb the crows nest, make folks walk the plank, then get to pig out on cake and ice cream afterwards.
It's a kids birthday party, man! Besides, been there, done that! That's first date stuff. If I do decide to get a new wife, i want a strong woman, a Latvian or Kazak type wife! I'm old enough where making sure the chores are doe are more important than the peripheral stuff.
Games, cake, ice cream, goodies in paper cupcake liners, open presents and home.
No. . .really think this is more about 'class pity'. . .
Okay, I thought $200 for 90 minutes at the bowling alley was a little much.
You reminded me of some of my birthday parties that I actually liked. We didn't have many.
I remember my 4th, out in the front yard. I got a spanking because I took some of my birthday cake and ice cream out to the curb to a little ragamuffin child who just wandered by. My mom didn't like that - the kid even got into some of the photos.
Going to the movies, though, was fun. Anything in Todd-AO - lots of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, and so on - except I wasn't allowed to see Carousel. It always had to be at one of the downtown theaters when they were still very grand - or at the *only* downtown theater when we lived in a small town.
Saturday matinees, about 10 little girls. Lunch first, sometimes at a very nice tea room, or ice cream and cake afterwards at an ice cream parlor. The last one I recall was Flower Drum Song - we were getting older and the "mean girls" from jr high who were among my friends acted lousy, so I didn't want to do the movie birthday thing anymore. Can't recall any family BDs after that, either.
I always make a big to-do over other people's birthdays, because that's your *one* day that is really your holiday. My own BDs as an adult have often been fun, too - just not lately.
I'm sure after Hillary is made Queen-for-Life she'll nationalize all our 401K's and IRA's to subsidize all the dumb-f$%ks who were too stupid/ lazy/ stoned to worry about retirement.
I hear the Mexicans and East Indian kids prefer their sleepovers at Wal Mart, as do their parents. :-)
Welcome to New York! Now you know why I have to import a wife.
It's easy to criticize these parents ... but, sadly, I bet they would give it all away for just one more dinner at Windows on the World.
If you say so. :)
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