11.14.2011

Could Someone Please Refill My Cherry 7Up-tini?

Who popped off a snarky blog post last week about over the top birthday parties that tweak adult indulgences for children, as in a spa birthday party for 7 & 8 year olds?

Was it me?

Who then allowed her 8 year old daughter to attend anyway?

Was it me?

Who had reservations on principle (and a not so distant memory of the booze and the bouncy castle) but felt obligated since this birthday girl came to my birthday girl's skating party a few months back?

Was it me?

Who was over the top e.x.c.i.t.e.d. when she was given a glitter-y little purse filled with her very own make-up palette and a turn in the massage chair and dunk her tootsies in the swirling blue water?

Was it Annelise?

Who thought the snacks were delicious and the sprite served in the cute plastic glasses was the BOMB? Who had no clue that those cute plastic glasses were, um...martini glasses?

Was it Annelise?

Who almost came unglued at the sight of 7 and 8 year old girls sitting in spa chairs sipping bubbly from martini glasses (a few even put strawberries on the side!), wearing eye shadow and getting manis & pedis?

Was it me?
Of course I held it together (remembering my own pretending with candy cigarettes back in the day), but the blurry line between adult and kid behavior did give me the heebs just the same.

Of course Annelise had a blast.

But knows spa treatments are not in her future anytime soon either.

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In case you couldn't tell I was conflicted about going to this party and conflicted while I was there. Maybe I shouldn't have let her go. Maybe I should have replaced her plastic martini glass with a styrofoam cup. Maybe she was fairly oblivious and just had fun getting pampered with her friends. Maybe I tend to over-react. But I've only got one 8 year old precious girl and I don't want her growing up too fast.

7 comments:

  1. I don't want to be an over-commenting blog stalker :) but I just want to say I SO agree with you, and I'm so glad b/c I sometimes feel like SUCH a dork for my conservative-ness.

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  2. I totally agree.

    It so sad that little girls can't enjoy being little girls without being rushed to grow up.

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  3. Um, WOW! I can't believe the 'glasses'!! My friend's daughter recently went to a party from someone at church who served root beer in a keg!!! What is with people!?!

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  4. Let's all move. To the highest mountian. We can homeschool.

    ha

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  5. So, I'm mostly in agreement with you. But, Annelise certainly didn't get the martini glass reference. And I think she knows it was a special treat to get to go to a salon and be pampered. I would not host a party like that for my 10 year old! Of course, I'm also cheap. I made the mistake of taking my oldest daughter for a pedicure when she was 5, before a dance recital. She has asked to go a million more times since then, and I end up disappointing her because I belatedly realized it would be more appropriate later. Oh well. I don't understand why this mom couldn't have had a spa party at home. We did nails at Taylor's sleepover a couple of weeks ago. Of course it wasn't the same, but every girl got to pick her color and have me do their nails and they were happy. With 3 parties in one weekend (read the other post, that I apparently missed the first time) I maybe would have declined that particular invitation. Oh well, live and learn, right?

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  6. Thanks y'all for letting me know I'm not crazy for feeling this way.

    I think a party of this type should have been saved for girls turning a bit older for sure. Renting out the the whole spa is way over the top for 7 & 8 year olds--what will they do when they're older?? Maybe I don't want to know--ha! This same type of party at home might not have bothered me as much, maybe not as extravagant as at a nail salon.

    I did waffle about attending but felt like we should since this little girl came to Annelise's skating party.

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  7. Oh, you are NOT crazy. That was too much. I have yet to be met with making such a decision with my kids - and I'm not looking forward to it :(

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