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Parents Talk: Planning for Children's Birthdays, What's Too Much?

The Patch Parents Council talks about another parenting issue. This week, it's time to party!

This week's topic is birthday parties. Whether your child is turning 1, 10 or sweet 16, what's too much and what's appropriate?

How do you go about planning a child's or teen's birthday party? What have you seen at other parties that you thought was over-the-top?

What's an appropriate amount and kind of party to have for young children and teens?

Patch's feature, "Parents Talk," is meant to help build a community of support for families in Fairfield County through active discussion of important issues. Each week, we'll introduce a new topic and hope you'll participate in the conversation, which will be moderated and furthered by select parent council representatives in your town. Comment threads will close after the weekend.

Please use the comment box below for questions, or to share your experiences and the lessons you have learned. Please also submit questions or topics for future discussions to Associate Regional Editor Liz Mitchell at liz@patch.com and Regional Editor Michael Dinan at michaeld@patch.com.

And if you'd like to join our parent council, let us know.

Concerned Parent March 22, 2011 at 04:41 PM
I think I was at the same party. Good times for sure.
mari brown March 23, 2011 at 10:42 AM
Here's a party idea that worked for us and that was easy to pull off on the inexpensive side. When my sin was in kindergarten ( turning six), I invited his friends (about 15) to our home to make memory boxes ( for boys) and jewelry boxes(for girls). I had gone to a bunch of cigar and smoke shops and asked them for their empty wooden cigar boxes, which they had intended to throw out anyway. I bought decoupage, a thick floppy glue that allows you to shellach and decorate a doody surface. Bring a writer, I had no shortage of magazines for the kids to cut up and maje villages decorating the boxes. I also got the kids some velvet ( for those who wanted) to line their boxes. it was a real blast seeing their creativity! we aldompkayed musicL chairs, pin-the-tail-on-the donkey, telephone s d Simon Says. I didn't use a party planner because I figured that for two to three hours I could entertain my sons' friends on my own. For lunch, we had pizza, potato chips, veggie sticks. theat went over well. I minimized the cleanup required by giving the kids sponge brushes to apply the decorating glue. And the kids had a party favor to take home that they had made themselves.
mari brown March 23, 2011 at 10:44 AM
That should read "son" above. But I think you already figured that out. :)
mari brown March 23, 2011 at 10:48 AM
This glue allows you to decorate a "wooden" surface. Sorry for the typos. can you fix them? I'm sending this via an iPhone that keeps wanting to autocorrect what I write. Eep!
barbara Reinken April 01, 2011 at 02:29 AM
We condense the" party " to a dinner with 3 or 4 friends and increase the gift! I though video games were expensive-when they r teens they want an iPads.

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