In years past,
children parties were very low tech, there were lots of games with Dollar Store Prizes, and they lasted only a few hours usually only involving ice cream and cake. If you served a lunch of hot dogs or sloppy joes, that was extravagant. Today, parents feel compelled to hold parties at a venue other than their homes although the average home is much larger than it was even 30 years ago. There is almost always a meal involved unless it’s an all-night event which involves several meals. Guests still bring a gift, but the host is now expected to send home so much more than just a party favor and some additional game prizes.Today,goodie bags filled with candy and toys, or complicated craft projects are expected. Thankfully the expectations do not reach the level of those who attend the Academy Awards but they are another added expense that can be further complicated by diet restrictions and the diversity of our culture!When considering children’s party ideas, most parents are looking at and feeling the pressure of the expense of time and finances. Perhaps taking a step back from the madness would be in order. Whether it’s for a birthday or to alleviate summer boredom, have a retro party.
A retro party
involve much more than savings on food and prizes. They are a way to pass along a bit of family history and heritage. Children love to hear stories of “days gone by” from their parents and grandparents. In most households, they are the most requested stories. Why not take it to the next level and instead of just telling them about your parties from yesteryear, let them experience what was “rad, sweet, and wicked” when you were their age. There are so many occasions you could do this with-national holidays, birthdays, Christmas parties, winter parties, summer boredom parties, or even as a school project.
Although at first, the idea might seem “hokey” to some kids, the fact remains that kids are kids and when given the opportunity can make their brand of “fun” in almost any situation. So, while they are experiencing the fun of re-living the past with you, they are also creating and tweaking new fun experiences in their own generation that might also be included in a retro party for their own children in the future.
Honestly, fun does not have to be complicated or tech savvy. It does not have to include next week’s grocery budget either. Returning to the simplicity of times gone by might be just the ticket and a good way to make a memory your kids will carry with them for the rest of their lives.