I'm thinking cake, the big indulgent covered in whippy fluffy frosting kind. I'm thinking wibbly wobbly jelly and creamy ice cream. I'm thinking traditional party games like pin the tail on the donkey and pass the parcel. How about party bags with nostalgic retro sweets and a classic little toy like a yoyo or a skipping rope? I am thinking birthdays.
Now, being the mother of a 6 year old, we do attend a number of birthday parties each year as well as throw our own parties. Not, just birthday ones either, we also have a halloween party annually. This means that I have attended quite a few kids birthday parties and they have ranged from scary bad to pretty good with the occasional really good one thrown in there. I have sensed a trend in most kids birthday parties though and that is the theme of the parents wanting to do as little as possible. I know it might sound like it but I genuinely do not mean that as an insult! I get not wanting to do much, really I do. I am a busy mum myself and this sort of thing happens to be my forte but if it's not yours, I really understand wanting to avoid it. It seems that there is a limited number of choices when it comes to the birthday party that someone else organizes though.
I love birthdays and celebrating them and growing up birthdays were always important and it was your day and you were really made to feel special and even a bit spoiled. My mother always made an effort at putting together beautifully wrapped gifts, fanciful and fun parties and of course lovely cakes. Well, except that one time with the doll cake and her hair on fire...actually, let's just save that one for my therapist.
So, why on earth am I going on about birthdays? It's not my birthday or my daughter's even. No, it's that I have an idea and I want to run it past you. I'm thinking 'Retro Birthday Package'.
Yes, I have too much time on my hands and have come up with another business idea that I can fit into my spare time! "What is a retro birthday package?" you ask. Well, I am so glad you asked because it would be swell to tell you all about it.
I see a retro birthday package a providing all you need for a fabulous old fashiondy (not a real word, I know!), traditional birthday. What I would provide would be; a party plan, a couple of games, invitations, a tea party style finger food buffet (little sarnies, mini tarts, jelly, ice cream...), party bags (as described above) and either a cake or cupcakes. This would all be delivered to the host and even set up if needed.
I'm not talking princess, fairy, ninja turtle pirate party. Just a good old fashioned, back to basics birthday party. What do you think?
What I need here is some feedback now. I am looking for opinions on this-real ones, if you hate it say so but do tell me why please. I'm interested in knowing how parents feel about this as well as non parents. In addition, anyone think this kind of thing would also go over for the 20 something market? Please comment and let me know what you think.
Just to motivate you all, though I know you'd help out through the kindness of your heart, I will throw in a little giveaway.
That's right, just comment on the idea, give me your feedback, your constructive criticism and be entered into a giveaway! "What could I win you ask?" Gosh, you ask a lot of questions!
What you could win is a fabulous Make a Fake Cake kit. That's right, what you be more festive than a fake cake, ugh, I mean aside from a real cake that is.
The giveaway will end on Monday October 12th at midnight (UK time).