How to Plan the Birthday Party of the Century!
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Celebrating birthdays is a tradition as old as time. After all, everybody has a birthday! On that one special date of the year, your big day is all about you.
The way we celebrate birthdays has changed a lot over the centuries, but the idea of celebrating with friends, family and fun have remained the same.
Let’s start with the 19th century, when times were simpler. During this era, children in Europe typically celebrated their “name day.” What is a name day?
Rather than celebrating their birthdays, many children celebrated the day of the year associated with their name. This stems from the Christian tradition of commemorating a saint’s feast day.
As people immigrated to America, they brought these traditions, and many more, with them. For example, we have German bakers to thank for birthday cakes, and the Ancient Greeks gave us the idea of decorating them with candles.
Birthdays were simple affairs throughout the next century. Children would typically invite a few neighborhood friends and play imaginative games in the home or backyard while their mothers (or governesses, for wealthier families) would gather for tea and have an afternoon tea with refreshments afterward.
During this time, such parties were typically celebrated by middle- and upper-class families. Poor, working class and rural families had even more modest celebrations, if at all. Birthdays were close-knit, home-spun affairs that placed emphasis on family, rather than lavish parties or expensive gifts.
By today’s standards, these celebrations seem downright boring, don’t they?
The truth is, modern birthday parties are anything but simple. There is a dizzying array of venues, like indoor playgrounds, arcades and family fun centers that offer luxury-level, all-inclusive party packages that rival mom and dad’s vacation to Hawaii last year.
Kids can spend hours in the flashing glow of video games, racing around a go-kart track or play supervised sports activities at the local athletic center, to name just a few popular options.
It seems like every local business offers a birthday party option for children.
Even the at-home birthday party has seen a transformation. In your home party services can range from mobile salons that can transform your living room into a children’s day spa, to professional magicians, reptile wranglers, princess look-alikes and other assorted performers that specialize in children’s entertainment.
These are a far cry from playing pin the tail on the donkey and drinking fruit punch in the backyard.
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