You know it’s coming.
Along with the avalanche of school papers that will start hitting your house come September, so begins a steady stream of birthday party invitations.
Our school has a policy that if you are on school grounds and deliver a party invitation to one classmate, you pretty much need to invite the whole class. Similar to the “I hope you brought enough gum to share with the class” or when Mr. Hand took Spicoli’s pizza…
Everybody gets a party invitation (whether you want them at your party or not.) And guess what? If your kid gets a party invitation and the rest of the class is going, THEY want to go too. Even if they don’t know (or even like the other child. Anyhow, Grant gets swept up in the group invitations and it seems like every week there is a party to go to. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t budget $20 a week for Gifts For Strangers.
What I do do is plan ahead, which is easier on my pocketbook as well as my stress level. About this time of year, Target’s toy section goes on clearance…
I stock up on silly toys that little boys like. Instead of paying $25, I pay $6. Much more affordable. I take them home and put them in my gift closet.
I love having this. Not only does it save money, it saves me a bit of stress. I hate having to do last minute gift shopping. The few times that we had to scramble for a gift, we ended up stopping at the grocery store on the way to the party and buying a gift card for Jamba Juice or a movie or something and spending the $20… Gah.
Keep a few gifts on hand, along with some child appropriate birthday cards and some gift bags, and you’ll always be ready to go. (And sit for 2 hours at Pump It Up… the whole time, thinking about the things you still need to do -or would rather do- like cleaning the kitchen, making dinner, running errands, drinking a shot of tequila, getting the oil changed in the car, calling the insurance company, writing a blog post, making cupcakes for the bake sale….)