Yesterday, I attended the 6th Birthday celebration of Marvs, the youngest child of Dr. Joey, one of my dear friends in UP and an orgmate at UP Circle Brunei. While I was enjoying their appetizing food, which ranges from pasta to desserts, I came to ponder on writing a blog entry entitled “What ADULTS should do to survive a kid's party! ” Basically, I will point out the guideline in putting up a safety belt for adults to enjoy a children’s party.
But before I roll out my entry, let me tour you first to some of the highlights in Marv's Party!
|Love the pichi-pichi!|
|Ice cream and cakes!|
|Yummy baked mac!|
|To pair the rice!|
|Home-made pizza by the Santos family! Ang saaaaaarap!|
The Celebrant and the family!
The Celebrant and the cute cakes and personalised give away to guests!
|Football themed Cake!|
The guests and meet-ups!
|UP Circle Brunei Officers and Members at the Santos' Guest Room!|
|Meet fellow blogger (in Brunei) Cristina and her husband.|
You can visit Cristina's blog entitled 'Buhay Brunei.' CLICK!
And the finale: blowing of the cake (with other kids) - so fun to watch!
Now, here are the POINTERS for ADULTS on surviving a Kid's Party!
DON’T BE LATE
Kids want to be ahead in any fun party. As a parent or an adult who might be assigned to accompany a kid in a party, it is best to keep track of time and be early. In most parties, those who come late do not get to join the best games, which are mostly placed in the beginning of the program.
LEARN THE TRICK OF PAMBOBOLA
Handling kids is about stretching your patience. At most, kids who engage in parties lose themselves as they enjoy the games, prizes and freebies. As an adult who might be worried for the next day work or who might be simply tired of a long day, the trick of pambobola could be very handy. You may either act in your best way to convince your kids and tag along to escape the place, or simply, just go with the flow. However, don’t ever drag your kid out of the party. You won’t only traumatize your kid but the other kids as well.
NEVER SCREAM TO A BIRTHDAY CELEBRANT
It’s okay to scream in excitement. But never ever scream because of anger especially to the birthday celebrant who might have been bugging you for ( a thousand) times. Apart from the terror that you could give to other kids, you will also get 100% ferocious and judgmental stares from the celebrant’s parents. And so, you can be hated or banned.
BOUNCING BOO BOOS
You may be single and excited to meet or even find your soul mate. Apparently, if you are looking for one, kid’s party could be one of the possible serendipitous places. However, please be discreet and never ever do the ‘partying’ in dark places or toilets with a person who you just meet in the party. You don’t want to end up distracting the kids as they play in the bouncer as you and yours partner bounce for extreme and steamy fun.
BE CAREFUL IN SAYING THE WORD “BLOW”
Be careful in how you say the word “BLOW” in a children’s party. As much as possible, never say the word in a sexual tone paired with some giggle; because if you do, kids might ask you why and you will simply be caught off guard. Can you explain? Worse, do not ever attempt to add the word "JOB" together with the word "BLOW." Blowing in parties are meant for clean and kiddie fun!
A MASCOT IS A MASCOT
Some people are amazed with mascots. Mascots are big and bubbly. However, never ever be ‘touchy’ to a mascot. Do not touch the butt or even step on the mascot as if you’re just playing around. Doing such do immature acts which may set bad example to kids. Bear in mind that anything (right or wrong) that you do is always ‘right’ in the kid’s eyes.
FOOD VS. FUN
Children’s parties are all about fun, fun and fun. In most cases, kids hurry up eating because they’re excited to play and meet other kids. To pacify your kids, try to train them to finish first their food before they play or join the games. Moreover, ask them to take a rest before eating. Take note, appendicitis is just around the corner for hard-headed individuals.
A CAKE IS EATEN AFTER THE BLOWING
Slicing and eating a celebrant’s cake is one of the worse moves you could ever commit. Uber excited kids sometimes get this act at parties. Because the cake is just colorful and tempting, some kids touch the cake through their fingers. As an adult, be responsible to your kids on imposing manners.
You may not experience jumping in a bouncer in the past and so this explains your uncontrollable desire to join the kids in sliding and getting wet. Apparently, should you have the urge to jump with the kids, please, stop. An adult with wet clothes and acting out wild could definitely elicit scary stares among worried parents and for some adults, an eye candy for more fantasy fulfillment especially with the bouncing body.
CONSOLATION PRIZE IS A SAVING GRACE
Throwing a kid’s party is not only about food and putting up fun through games. In most cases, hosts prepare themselves with consolation prizes to control competitive kids; some kids cannot take defeat and so they freak out. As an adult, better prepare consolation prizes from even the simplest pack of candies that you can give.
WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHES.
You are attending a kid’s party and you’re not to ramp in a fashion show. Be considerate in your outfit. If you are taking care of a kid, better wear some comfortable and tight clothes; this may save you from the pull and push of a kid’s hand around you. If you are breast feeding, just be sure you go in a right place before you expose you breast and feed your child. While you may think that everyone who attends a kid’s party is composed of kids, there are also adults who mix in the crowd.
WEAR FLAT SHOES.
Running in taking care of a child in a kid’s party is a normal setting. Given this, wear flat shoes. Unless you can run in your 7 inches heel and stand by for half day, then bare the pain in exchange of glamour.
FOCUS VS. FLIRT
In a kid’s party, you are supposed to take care of a kid. If you are single, flirting around could sometimes be a mess. In your attempt to fish your prey, you might end up engaging in a fight from someone who is possibly married or engaged.
NEVER PLAY WITH A SPOON/FORK
Relative to flirting, kid’s parties are not a safe place to have steamy fun. When you scoop a food and put it in your mouth, forget about slow motion. Just swallow it. No more drama. Plus, never leave the spoon and fork in your mouth as you think, text or do other stuff. In times of doing the slow motions and trapped cutleries, you can generate attention from other kids and they can imitate you in even a slower and unacceptable way.
CHECK ON THE BALLOONS
If you know you’re hiding some plastic materials in your drawer or somewhere like _______ (I know you know this), please double check. Preparations for kid’s parties may sometimes mix up stuff. Your most-kept plastic wonder can possible be mixed with other plastics. I’m sure you wouldn’t want a long balloon being blown by the wind in the party venue or being played around by kids.
HOTDOGS ON STICKS
Hotdogs on sticks are best sellers in kid’s parties. They are simply loved by kids, even adults. Should you are so engrossed in eating a hotdog on stick, it’s a must to not play around with it. Do not lick or even enjoy (visually) it too much. Some kids might see you and again, imitate you without understanding that food are digested and not licked for pleasurable wonders.
GREET THE CELEBRANT. No further explanation.