The birthday parties surrounding my girls these days vary as much as their friends. Living in S. Florida we have plenty of simple pool parties alongside the latest ‘spa’ parties for girls and some fun ones that are gender neutral like roller skating, bowling and a recent ‘basketball’ party was lots of fun. In November we attended a more traditional Latino kids party http://latinaish.comat a park, with a major piñata, live music, a party coordinator doing dance and games with the kids with plenty of food and ‘torta’ to be had for all.
Fast forward to February- my twins’ birthday month- and I’m VERY surprised that my girls are asking for a similar traditional Latino ‘park’ party with their friends and family. They were given the choice of a fun, themed party like bowling, but the park option is numero uno! They have requested that it be a ‘dance party’- where someone will lead them in line dances with fun and hip music and even a limbo, salsa and hula hoop contest! Since my girls are twins and we only host one kids’ birthday party per year- my husband and I are inclined to indulge them this time. In fairness, we have skipped hosting major birthday parties for the last 2 years. Mijita, mucho dinero– it’s a big expense! For as much as you spend on these parties, you can go for a weekend trip somewhere! Living in Florida, we often opt for an Orlandotrip that easily can be enjoyed over a weekend.
On the one hand, I realize that I will not have too many more opportunities to host this type of party for them. Much less with a piñata! They will consider it ‘babyish’ or ‘uncool’ soon enough. My Latina cultural inclination tells me to spoil them and keep them little and innocent for as long as I can!
So what do you think? Aside from the financial obligation- should we indulge our kids and celebrate such moments with them? Or should we teach them to ‘keep it simple’ and not need so much hoopla? I’m torn!
I welcome your ideas and insights.
Cristy is a serial entrepreneur and award-winning marketing, media and communications practitioner and social media influencer with more than 20 years experience and specialization in Hispanic and multicultural community initiatives and digital content marketing.
As a mother of twin tweens in 2011 and an active Girl Scout Troop leader, she realized there was a need to develop digital content and foster a community facing the challenges of raising kids after first grade. That year she founded and remains co-Publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, a bilingual media platform to engage and support multicultural parents and influencers with content related to raising Generation Z- tweens & teens ages 7-18. Through the Los Tweens & Teens platform Cristy has worked to produce events such as Teens & Me aimed at providing adults raising this generation with essential resources from chats with therapists to battle anxiety and bullying, to understanding social media and technology.
A New Jersey native of Cuban decent, Cristy is a board member of Amigos For Kids – a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse in the South Florida community. She is a teenage cancer survivor and speaks nationally at conferences and volunteers with cancer-awareness organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida. She resides in Miami Shores with her “gringo” husband with a Latino Soul and identical twin daughters.