Looks Like a Monkey
Our older son’s 10th birthday party is today, and this is the easiest birthday party we’ve ever planned.
I’m not sure if it’s because we’re divorced, because we each have enough living space now so the party isn’t going to be a cramped thing in one of our NYC apartments or else held in a public space, or just because we have lower expectations now, but this has been no big deal.
Back when we were still married, every detail was up for debate, and it all turned into a big hairy deal. Who we were inviting, what the theme was, what we’d serve, what the cake or cupcakes would look like, blah blah blah. It was endless, and stressful. This time we just divided and conquered: he took location (the tricked out Wii and room to get wild playing the Wii are at his house), I took food and invitation, and we’re splitting the alcohol for any parents who choose to stay instead of drop off.
It does make it far easier that he has plenty of space now for exuberant Wii-playing in his house now, instead of the more restrained playing that would have had to have happened in either of our old apartments. I lent him my vacuum for post-party clean-up.
And it’s a lot easier to do a party for just a few kids and not have a theme (aside from let’s play Wii and eat a bunch of vegan cupcakes!!11!!). Here’s to kids growing older and being easier to please.
Now I just have to figure out where my muffin tins are to bake these vegan cupcakes.