I know because I’ve seen them with mine own eyes. It’s the start of birthday season and so far we’ve been to 2 lovely, relaxing (no, really) outdoor parties the last 2 weekends, the first of which was held at Bryant Park and thrown by my friend Unha for her son’s 5th.
I feel like someone should have given me an informational pamphlet in the hospital when I gave birth explaining the complexities of children’s birthday parties. It’s not something you really think about when you become a parent, but there are A LOT of party going, planning, and gift giving and it’s sort of never ending. Now don’t roll your eyes at me. In NYC, it *is* actually complicated only because of the pure fact that most people can’t just throw big parties in their small NYC apartments. And if you have winter birthdays like both of my kids? You’re out of luck. I’m not the type of mom who relishes in party planning and gets her craft on with favors and decorations and all the party trimmings, so yeah…sometimes I find the whole thing rather stressful. We’ve managed over the years to have a few families over for low-key parties, but Claudine’s already talking about her upcoming 4th birthday, and how am I supposed to top *this* carousel party in Bryant Park? Damn.