Monday, June 22, 2009

Birthday Party Advice

On Saturday, I began my day at Chuck E. Cheese's, and ended it at a performance of Riverdance. I am a woman of diverse interests, multiple complexities, and many layers. Plus we had free tickets. Back to the Chuck E. Cheese's part, the last time I was there was when I was the kid, not the parent. I remember that I was in grade 5, and that my friends were trying to chat up some boys who were following us around. We did the 11 year old's equivalent of buying them drinks, which was to give them some of our prize tickets. My friends had me be the runner, so I was the one to deliver the tickets, and find out who was interested in whom. So suave were we. It was very typical for me to have been the runner, and not one of the love interests. I'd like to say that I was just selective at such a young age, and that I preferred the boys from the roller rink, but truthfully, I just couldn't attract a lot of little league action with whatever my look was in those days. Don't feel bad for me though. I peaked in my 20's instead. Anyhow, the birthday party that brought us there this past Saturday was a different experience. It was a lot of work actually. I don't recommend this place for a party if your child requires a guardian to follow her around, explain to deaf ears why certain games are not appropriate for her, and why she can't cash her 47 tickets in for a Tinkerbell toy that requires 8000 prize tickets to purchase. "YOU WILL TAKE YOUR RUBBER SPIDER AND YOU WILL LIKE IT!!!" I prefer a party where parents get to talk amongst themselves while funneling flasks of vodka into their provided juice boxes. Just throw the kids into a bouncy castle. They'll be fine.

7 comments:

kgirl said...

Chris had a yen to take the kids to Chuck E Cheese a few weeks ago.
I talked him out of it right quick. (I think our talk went, Are you INSANE?)

Chantal said...

Oh ya I hate having to shadow the kids through places like that. Even though us Ottawans have trucks, we don't have Chuck E Cheese! We have to drive 2 hours to Kingston for that kind of fun!

motherbumper said...

Each time we pass the Chuck E Cheese we have that insane conversation of "maybe we should take G there with her friend" and then we wise up.

Peaking in the twenties is so much better and I reallyfeel bad for those guys that did it in high school (not really but I'm all about optics).

JennyMac said...

Chuck E. Cheese...I also went there in 5th grade. It makes me shudder now!

petite gourmand said...

I am happy to say I have never been to a Chuck E. Cheese in my life.
damn- I probably just jinxed myself and there will be some birthday invite in the mail tomorrow.

hmmm vodka in juice boxes- never thought of that before.

Barrie said...

Much better to peak in your 20s!

b*babbler said...

Chuck E Cheese scares the daylights out of me. I prefer your idea of a birthday party!