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The Not-So-Fun Side of Attending a Child's Birthday Party

Apr 23 2014 - 2:37pm

As much as we may complain, we enjoy throwing our kids an extravagant birthday bash [1]. The stress that comes from re-creating a Pinterest board is worth it when we see the smile on our children's faces. But what happens when you're on the other side of things? Having to attend a lavish kiddie bash is different than hosting one. If you think it will be all frosted baked goods and fun, think again.

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You show up at the address on the invitation . . .

But it looks like you walked into a Cirque du Soleil performance.

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Your child runs to his friends, leaving you to mingle with other moms.

Most of whom ask why you haven't been to a PTA meeting in months.

This is only made more difficult by the fact that there's no booze.

Not even a mimosa.

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You witness your kid eating some sweet treats.

At 11 a.m.

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Which causes him to go wild at 11:15 a.m.

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At some point, you are accosted by a clown.

Or a princess, or someone in a Micky Mouse suit.

Then it's time for the tot of honor to open her gifts.

Which takes forever.

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About five gifts in, you realize you weren't the only one who bought them the latest Skylanders game.

You should have just gone with a gift card.

After about two hours, it's time to find your child and take him home.

This turns into a life-size version of Where's Waldo?

When you find her, she resists.

After all, what little kid wants to leave the bouncy house?

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Eventually, the sugar coma kicks in and resistance is futile.

Thank goodness for the "make your own cupcake" station.

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As you walk out the door, you hear your child gag.

Then you see her spew something colorful onto the ground.

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By the time you get home, you decide you need a nap.

Or at the very least, a cocktail.

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