Can you put a price on happiness? On the frosting-smudged smile of a little girl’s face as she dons her cardboard party hat, blows into a funny paper whistle and joins in very loud group serenade of Happy Birthday?
It’s $52.76, and that’s just the decorations.
I went to the party supply store today to prepare for my toddler’s soon-to-be 4th birthday parties, one at her preschool and another for family.
All I needed were plates, party games and some trinkets for goody bags.
Even with choosing the lesser-priced products, I was still shocked at the check-out. I even put back some overpriced lollipops.
Yes, I could have — should have — gone to the dollar store.
But I’ve realized that while they are only decorations, they are a pretty important part of a pretty important tradition.
Will my kid want a birthday party in 10 years? Maybe not. Does she care if the plates are plain ol’ white paper or that very special Princess Pink. Probably not.
But I’ll remember every detail of that special day. As she will tell you, four-years-old is quite the occasion.