A couple of Sundays ago, I got a phone call and urgent plea to come and pick up my daughter early from a Harry Potter-themed birthday party. Apparently, the movie was too much for her 6-year-old psyche to take, and the birthday boy’s mother explained that she was very upset. By the time I got there, the movie was already over, but my girl was still distraught -- enough so that she wanted to leave before cake (translation: she was freaking out). Having never seen any of the Harry Potter movies myself, I didn’t think to worry that it would be inappropriate for my kid -- I mean, another mom found it suitable enough to build a party around. Of course, in hindsight I felt like cretin, like I’d put my kid into scalding bathwater because I forgot to test it first.
I figured it was Harry Potter not Hooters. But apparently Hooters parties are also popular.
There is some premeditated crazy going on in this country regarding birthday parties, and I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. The other day I came across something online discussing a 7-year-old’s birthday party at Hooters. HOOTERS! Even I would realize that that venue is rather out of line. I did a little research and discovered that it’s kind of a thing, actually, to have a kids’ birthday party among the boobs.
I’m not usually one to judge, but what in the hell has happened to our society? The thought of even explaining the term “hooters” to my young daughters gets me a little steamed up, so to send them to a party in an atmosphere filled primarily with sexual innuendo is out of the question.
I’m not so wigged out by a Hooters first birthday party (although it wouldn’t be my choice). Both of my girls’ first birthday parties were sangria fueled and filled with my friends, not theirs -- the kid isn’t going to remember. But, to celebrate a party at Hooters for any age between 3 and 17 is pretty tacky, and I doubt it can be that fun for the kids. Like, what could possibly be in the goodie bags?
Look at this guy, he seems mortified:
TGI Fridays if you have to, but save the Hooters for later.
Would you have your child's birthday at Hooters?
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