I’d take solving a problem like Maria any day over trying to find the perfect place to host kids parties. Bentleigh East has been our home for the last six years and I can’t tell you how happy I was to find a venue locally that does such amazing birthday celebrations.
I tried to host a Frozen party for my five-turning six year old last year. And when I say tried, I don’t say it lightly.
I mean, I tried to make it absolutely perfect. I made tiny frozen sugar cookies, ice mugs, the most amazing balloon arch for the front gate. I had a photographer come to the day especially to take amazing shots. I had the cake made by an artisan baker and the children all had to attend in theme to play the loads of Frozen based games and then finally, take home a whole bunch of Frozen based paraphernalia party bags that almost send my social media account into meltdown. But guess what? Not a single kid really cared that much about anything I was trying to create.
And I realised this the hard way. I’m over the moon that I was able to find a few kids parties venues in the Bayside area.
I’d forgotten what it was like to be a kid and count down the days to a party. I had expected the kids and parents to love what I created, but instead I think everyone was overwhelmed and that made it all feel quite stiff. I was so disappointed. And burnt out. The next day, I had to admit that I’d gone overboard. I actually cried about all my hard work and realised I’d just expected too much. I promised that I wouldn’t ever try and micromanage a party again, and we agreed to let out two year old have her party next month at the said amazing indoor play center up the street from us. And you know what? As soon as we made that agreement, I felt better. Not so Frozen. Relieved.