In approximately 50 days or so Olivia will be celebrating her 10th birthday. Double digits indeed and never mind how on earth am I old enough to have an 10 year old child, I am still shocked at the fact that she will be celebrating her first full decade as a real life human being type person. I feel like I’ve blinked and someone swapped out my cheeky cherub faced toddler for a child who is over halfway to being a legal adult.
But I digress. The reason for this post is the countdown. The countdown that every year inevitably starts Boxing Day. Then quelled slightly until new year when all pauses and mutes on the subject are brazenly ignored and plans are steam rolled out. Every day she comes home from school with another idea, another plan, lists for places to go, food to eat, people to invite. Such is the vigour with which they arrive home I am left wondering if they are actually doing any learning in class? And has her teacher and the whole class of 5E jumped on the Olivia birthday express and are travelling at full speed until the destination is reached?
There is no mercy for me, no let up, the fact that her birthday falls slap bang in the middle of 49 days of hell. Not only 1 birthday but 7 and an Easter and mothers day thrown in for good measure is completely irrelevant. They belong to 2 sisters, 2 nieces, 1 daughter, 1 mother and one sisters partner! And……………………stop.
Of course Olivia believes hers takes precedent over everyone else’s, and why not but with the madness that is Christmas just fading into the distance I am not yet mentally prepared enough to be discussing and debating the subject. Let alone the pro’s and con’s to a) a sleepover involving around 10 diva’s in training (no way) b) a full on disco, in a grown up place with a dj and everything (absolutely not) c) build a bear (possibly) d) pamper party (hmmm getting warmer) e) a party at her gymnastics club where the coaches teach the group some basic gymnastic moves (thumbs up) and my own personal idea f) let dad host the best and biggest birthday bash ever and save my sanity! (ding, ding, we have a winner!!!!!!!!)
Ideas are running pretty thin on the ground right now. Most ideas are being vetoed outright due to my unwillingness to cooperate. Playing host/maid/cleaner/any other job role suitable or classified under sucker to an as yet undetermined number of hormonal/sugar hyped/manic/dramatic/over tired (*delete as appropriate*) kids doesn’t appeal. With 9 parties now in the rear view mirror we have pretty much explored the not so wide range of options available to us locally. Which are pretty much rubbish if I’m honest.
So what I think I’m getting at, I’m aware I am just rambling now is that basically, I am being a big old birthday grinch by not jumping on board the speeding Olivia birthday train just yet? Is wanting to keep January a quiet birthday free sanctum really so bad? So please, help me out I need your best, most innovative, preferably crafty free, budget friendly 10th birthday party ideas stat! Ideas including bowling/soft play/dance studio/house/Disneyland Paris/Legoland Discovery Centre/community centres with bouncy castles and clowns have already hosted previous birthdays just for reference.
Please leave me any inspirational ideas in the comments along with any sympathy, coffee, cash, sanity thanks!