The Big 10! Double Digits

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birthday buntingIn 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 5EΒ 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 belongΒ 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!

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  1. Hi I have a little girl and she is five years old. To be honest, I don’t want her go grow up so fast. As a party fever, I often hold a party on her birthday and I hope she will be happy every day in the future.

  2. Oh gosh this is a hard one! Ten hey *yikes* the years have indeed flown by… With not having a ten year old I really feel out of my depth here and I’m afraid I don’t really have any suggestions. But I can tell you what my sister did for my niece’s 10th birthday. She gave her the option of having a party or giving a Β£100. Needless to say my niece chose the money. However she still got all her presents and she got taken out for a family birthday meal. Her mom also made her a birthday cake on top of it. I really do hope you manage to find a special way to celebrate your daughter’s tenth birthday! Xx #KCACOLS

  3. I’m a single dad with a little girl of my own who’s also celebrating her 10th in March and… she wants a big party! LOL This is something totally new to me because Disneyland has always been her answer since she was 3 years old! Anyway, the theme she chose was Rockstar Princess (I didn’t know that existed but there you go!). I’m renting out a function room at the community center in our area and also planning to either buy all the essentials as a package or just get the caterer to work on all the pizzaz so I wouldn’t have to worry about all those things. LOL

  4. Oh wow a big 10!! A double figure number indeed!!! That is a major birthday year for you and her!! It is amazing how your kids grow so fast, isn’t it? I can’t believe you have so many birthdays from now until Olivia’s birthday! You will have very busy weeks to deal from now on!! Re ideas for 10th birthday party, I think the ones you suggested are good. A sleepover is always fun but of course depending on the space. I personally like the idea to take het and a group of best friends to the cinema and then have something to eat and sing happy birthday. Bella will be 6 in May and I’m planning to do that. I think it would be fun! Also bowling or ice skating sounds good! There are these indoor snow places that you can go any time of the year which is always a hit with kids. I hope these ideas are of any help for you!! πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! πŸ™‚ x

  5. If the weather is good, what about a local geocache type activity? Or like you say, a pamper type party doing nails etc. Good luck whatever you decide to do! It can get overwhelming sometimes – especially when peers are doing huge things for theirs! I feel your pain! #KCACOLS

  6. Oh, yes, party fever! I usually hold the parties away from my home but I did cave and say yes to a sleepover?? Why I don’t know? A movie party is usually good for us! Or bowling or ice skating? Good luck with the big 1-0! #KCACOLS

  7. They grow up so fast..my daughter is almost eight an I can barely believe it! i’m also trying to think of party ideas and have until may to figure some fantastic party plan out. Good luck to you too! Angela popping by from #KCACOLS

  8. Well I’ve always hosted out parties from home, I know I have the farm which makes it easy but kids love games, treasure hunts and a BBQ and the numbers don’t matter when it is at home. Otherwise we took them all ice skating last year which went down well. good luck with the party plans! #KCACOLS