In light of Anja’s highly disorganized but fun birthday party a few days ago, I thought this was pretty timely. Her party had friends, cake and junk food, parents and beer, science activities and presents. Yep. Good, old fashioned presents that ranged from a plant – which she loved and cannot wait to stick in the ground – to a doll that she talks to like they are BFFs.
In my opinion, it was a great birthday for a 5 year old. But I’m biased and I digress.
A friend sent me this photo of an invitation given to one of her kids by a classmate. Behold:
This is a party for a 7 year old. Not a wedding, or … some other occasion where it’s appropriate to ask for money. I mean, come on. I wouldn’t even know how to respond to this! How much does Little Johnny want? Is a gift card to the Home Depot or Starbucks ok? Because I’m pretty sure no presents wasn’t his or her idea.
Maybe I’m totally wrong. Maybe Little Lisa is getting a leg up on her college savings, in which case good for her. But maybe don’t do it on the back of your classmates? Gah.
My friend is responding by not going. Which I think is brilliant.
Am I missing something? Since when has this become acceptable? Is this the new normal?
Educate me, people. Educate me.