I always hear parents complain about having to take their kids to a ton of birthday parties. Since this is really the first year the girls are both in school I kind of expected we'd be going to a lot. So far we've been lucky and have only attending one.
One of the boys in Annika's class invited the entire class, plus siblings, to a party at a trampoline jumping place. It was fun, his parents rented the entire place! There were at least 50 kids there and the girls had a ball. Annika thought it was great that she was getting to see all her friends from school on a Sunday, outside of school!
Annika was invited to two other parties, one the same day as her birthday, so we declined. The other one was last Sunday and the mom gave us the invitation on Saturday! So we already had plans and couldn't attend.
Now for the next two weekend we have two parties! Saturday Annabel's friend is having a party at a bowling alley, this is the first party that Annabel has been invited to on her own. She was so excited to go without Annika and then the little girl's mom texted me and asked if Annika wanted to come too.
Annabel got to pick out the gift for the little girl on her own. They're in ballet together so they really don't talk a lot in class, but Annabel insists that she loves Sofia the First just like her so we got her the doll.
The next weekend Annika is invited to a party at a bounce house place, it's a big store front in a plaza with 10 really large bounce houses inside. The party is for a little girl in Annika's class at school and Annabel, so far, is not invited to that one.
I always find it funny when I ask the girls what to get their friends and they pick out something they like themselves. I told Annika to talk to her friend and ask her what she likes so we have some ideas! I can't imagine that all 6 year old girls like exactly the same thing.
The only complaint I have is these presents! I tried to put a $10 limit on each gift but Annabel spent about $18 when we were done with the Sofia doll, bag and tissue paper. But I guess in the end it is worth it since the girls are getting to go do fun things with their friends!
How do you all handle buying gifts for birthday gifts? Do you have a spending limit? What is the best party your child has been invited to so far?