by Christine Wells
I'm a little late getting this post together because it's my son's 2nd birthday today and we've only just said goodbye to our guests.
Nowadays it seems a child's party isn't a party unless there's a jumping castle or a magician or someone turns your back yard into a fairy grotto. I hear that it's a jungle out there when it comes to working out what Suzie can have that will be better/different from/as good as her peers. We haven't reached that stage yet in our family as my two are very young and luckily supremely indifferent to what other kids do.
So it got me thinking about the good old days, when the most exciting bit of the party was when the lights went out and the birthday cake came in, or when you won pass the parcel. Musical chairs wasn't considered too lame for words in those days, and a party where a swimming pool was involved was a rare treat.
Oh, yeah, and the food, of course--chocolate crackles, cheerios (small frankfurts, not cereal) lollies, cheezels, coloured popcorn and my mother's specialty--Mars Bar slice. Pin the tail on the donkey, drop the hanky, egg and spoon races, sack races, statues, what's the time, Mr.WOLF?. Ah, those were the days.
What's your best/worst memory of a childhood party? Any traditions you'd like to share? One lucky commenter will win some oz chocolate!