What i mean by themed parties is for example "American girl" or "Transformers" "Princess"...pirate or
oh dear, never thought about that.
I think if I had family near me our birthday celebrations would be different...
"there's nothing I loathe quite so much as a huge overblown childs birthday party"
Nope, the only thing that came close was Dylan's boot camp party, held in our back yard. And Dylan had enough equipment for all the boys. There were only 3. Mostly the parties are very low key, held at a park or in our back yard. When we lived in the condo, Erica or Angela had a pool party which consisted of bringing cupcakes to the daily pool run since I took all the neighborhood kids to the pool on a regular basis. When we did take the birthday child to the movies or the museum, the # of guests were limited to 1-2.
The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett
I guess that everyone's idea of what constitutes a "big overblown child's birthday party" is different. I never invited adults to my kids' birthday parties, so they didn't have to suffer through them. I don't particularly enjoy them either, but then again, I am not six, or eight, or eleven. I do remember one parent one time being obnoxiously rude about something...my kid at the time was fascinated with Ancient Egypt and wanted an "ancient Egypt" birthday party, which was kind of difficult to throw together until one of my friends who worked at the archaeology museum here on campus told me that for something like fifty dollars I could have the museum opened up after hours and they would do a flashlight tour of the mummy room, and a museum scavenger hunt and a few things like that. We did that, played a game where everyone wrapped each other up in toilet paper to be mummies, took some polaroid pictures to send home to the kids, had a cake decorated like a King Tut's mask and some juice, and called it a day. I sent home treats in pencil cases shaped like mummies that they sell in the museum gift store.
A few days later I ran into the parents of one of the children when I was shopping and they asked whether I had "recovered" from the party. I said that I had enjoyed it very much and hoped that their son did, too. The Dad said, "Well, yes, he did, but I hope you know you do not have to go to the trouble of renting a museum to celebrate a child turning six." I thought that was really rude.
Maybe...I would not say anyone her has described their birthday gatherings/ parties as "big and overblown"