Only four classmates. That’s how few guests my daughter invited for her birtday party. No matter how much I tried to get her to invite more guests. I’ld like to think of birthday parties as Unique Networking Opportunities. A chance to create new diplomatic bonds, enter in coalitions, and make sure there’ll be lots of invites for yóu. To sum up: a way to rise up on the ladder of popularity.
I’m not even sure why I think that, because experience has taught me sending out lots of invitations, does nót equal receiving lots of invitations. To tell you the truth, I’m not a party girl myself. I hate big birthday bashes, and prefer a quiet one on one. And I wasn’t one of the popular girls myself in high school either. In fact I spent highschool in the twilighzone of invisibility. Once I was even forgotten at my own birthday party…
So perhaps I should take a page out of my daughter’s book, and follow my heart! For my next birthday I won’t be inviting guests and I won’t plan a big party. I’ll just have a nice cup of coffee with my husband and children gathered around me. And then later in the week I’ll have coffee with some mommy friends.
I’ll have my cake, and eat it too!
How do you like to celebrate your birthday? Are you the big bash kind of girl, or do you prefer to keep it small?