POSTS WITH TAG: birthday parties

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    Beyoncé and Jay Z have the world at their fingertips and there's no doubt they could have thrown daughter Blue Ivy whatever second birthday bash their hearts desired. I don't know about you, but I was expecting something BIG -- a champagne bash at the Waldorf Astoria, maybe -- since we all know toddler birthday parties are usually more for parents and their friends than for the child of honor. Oh, and let's not forget the entertainers spent $200K on Blue Ivy's first birthday AND gave her a diamond-encrusted Barbie. So you can't blame me for making assumptions.

    But the duo did something far more surprising to celebrate their little girl. They held as much of a kid-centric party as you can possibly can (considering how much privacy you'd need if you were these two) and closed down Jungle Island bird sanctuary within the Miami Zoo to give their princess a fairly modest bash she'll never, ever remember. 

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    As mothers, we all play countless roles in a single day: Nurse, Chauffeur, Chef, Dentist, DJ, Fashion Director, Janitor, Launderer, Banker, Dietician, Personal Shopper, Photographer, Plumber, Caregiver, Maid, Cheerleader, Counselor, Storyteller, Teacher, Exterminator, Coach, Negotiator ... The list is endless.

    So, please tell me: Why is it so difficult to take three seconds, play secretary, and freaking RSVP for a kid's birthday party? There are few things that infuriate me more.

    I mean, there are certainly valid excuses for not RSVPing, but I'm pretty sure none of them apply to most parties in this day and age.

    But, for the record, I won't hold it against you if ...

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    Over the weekend I happened to see a letter to an advice column that nearly made me spit out my Sunday brunch coffee. A 5-year-old girl was invited to a boy's superhero-themed birthday party. And then she was uninvited (unvited?) because of the party's "masculine" theme and invited to a separate party just for girls. The writer was trying to figure out how to explain this to their daughter and also wondering if they should say something to the host because "something about this feels wrong." Yeah, something here feels wrong, but I just can't put my finger on it ... hmm ... oh yes, I've got it: Wow, that's hella sexist.

    The social guru responded that the parent shouldn't mention anything to the host. And that's reasonable advice -- I can see how bringing it up would just lead to conflict. But for those of us who are, let's just say, not so afraid of conflict, I give you: An Open Letter to the Parents Who Planned the Boys-Only Superhero Party.

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    So here's something parents never want to see their toddlers doing: Puffing on a cigar. A young uncle took a video of his toddler nephew smoking a blunt and posted it on Instagram. Which is awesome, because now the child's parents know that this happened and can commence freaking out. I mean, wouldn't that just make your day? "Hey, look, it's our precious child, polluting his innocent little lungs with smoke for all the world to see! SHOW ME MY BROTHER SO I CAN WRING HIS LITTLE NECK." 

    Something tells me this uncle is never going to be left alone with his nephew ever, ever again. It almost makes you wonder if he did it just to get out of any future babysitting obligations. Why would you post this self-incriminating video online?!? But seriously -- I would have a conniption if I caught anyone letting my child puff on a blunt. I don't care if it's not as bad as a toddler doing bong hits with mom. It's still awful.

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    We've been getting birthday party invites with some unexpected fine print lately. Instead of "bring your bathing suits" or "feel free to drop off," it's "no gifts please." Sometimes in lieu of presents, they ask for a charitable donation and provide a link. I can't decide whether I think this is a great idea or a terrible idea that deprives a child of one of life's simple thrills -- tearing open tokens of acknowledgement on their special day

    The first few times I got invites like this, I admit I blatantly ignored the request. Not getting a kid a gift just seemed so ... harsh. But more recently, the wisdom's started to sink in.

    After our daughters' joint 6-year-old dance party last year, the amount of presents my husband and I hauled home literally made us sick.

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    It was little Cayden Bibeau's 2nd birthday party. His family and friends were gathered to celebrate, and after he blew out the candles on his Elmo birthday cake, everyone was ready to dig into the sugary goodness. Only when they went to cut into it, what they found baked inside of the cake was anything but sweet -- a knife.

    It appears that somewhere in the production of the cake, which came from a Walmart in Lewiston, Maine, a paring knife was left behind in it. What a big, huge bummer. Of course, no one wanted to eat the cake after that, but what the parents did next was ridiculous.

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    I think we've all been there -- at a young child's birthday party, cringing a bit when they blow out the candles. You see them puff their cheeks ... and blow all over the cake you're about to eat. Sometimes it takes multiple tries, and with each huff and puff, you see bits of saliva spray the cake. Most of us wince a bit, then get over it (it's cake!), but some schools are so germaphobic that they've decided to ban the practice of kids blowing out birthday candles.

    It's happened Down Under where the Australian National Health Council has instituted a ban on this time-honored tradition in schools. They say it spreads too many germs, and if kids want to blow candles, they have to bring their own cupcake and blow upon that only. Talk about party poopers.

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    How could we? We forgot Mason Disick's birthday! Kourtney Kardsahian's son turned three on December 14 and aunts Kim and Khloe, as well as his 5-month-old sister Penelope Scotland and dad Scott were on hand to celebrate the little tyke's milestone. They all went out to dinner in Miami, where they're filming Kourtney & Kim Take Miami, and seemed to have a grand old time.

    For Mason's big day in MIA, Kourtney, despite her reality show fame and celebrity status, made sure that it was little Mason who felt like the star. 

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    Well, this certainly gives new meaning to the term Party Animals! All the rage for kiddie birthdays in recent months? Swimming with tigers. Not the blow-up, floaty variety but real, carnivorous, wild, instinctively predatory tigers.

    Entire families are swimming side-by-side with tigers at Dade City's Wild Things in Florida, a 22-acre private zoo that allows patrons to hang with a variety of dangerous creatures.

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    I don't know what the chances are of a baby sharing a birthday with his or her parent, but thanks to this amazing story, I now know how rare it is for three generations to be born on the exact same day: rare. Like, really rare. As in, a 0.000751 percent chance.

    Despite the staggering odds, October 3 turned out to be an extra special day for the Nixons of Waymart, Pennsylvania. Little Ryan Charles Nixon was born right on his due date -- which happens to be the same birthday he shares not only with his father, but with his grandfather as well.

    Three generations of sons born on the same day! Seriously, how awesome is this family's birthday parties going to be?

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