Thankfully, 75% of my kids have their birthday in June, so it's the the traditional pool party, cake and ice cream. I'm sure kids have just as much fun at my kids parties, maybe even more, than these rich kids parties.
Dads who hang out gett all the beer they care to drink, btw, and moms get my world famous high speed mudlsides.
Will you share your mud slide recipe?
When I was faced with giving a birthday party for my grandson, when he turned 9 years old, I started looking around at what other parents were doing. Mostly, they gave sleep-overs.
Our home is not large enough to accommodate 10 rowdy boys overnight. We don't have a pool. Our yard is not large, etc. etc.
There were several options: There is a "sports arena" with sporting gear: batting cages, basketball hoops, etc., which supervised games. One can rent it for about $15 per child. Includes refreshments. One could rent space where a "magic show" could be viewed, complete with refreshments, and the "motor speedway" was waaaaay too expensive.
So, we settled on taking 10 boys to an indoor "rock climbing" place. We paid about $12 per boy for them to climb, with supervision. We provided the refreshments.
It was probably much more expensive than the parties I had when I was his age, but I guess times have changed, and birthday parties have definitely been upgraded in the past 50 years.