Backyard birthday parties are coming back. The popular big birthday bash for kids is getting too expensive now that gasoline is nearing $4 a gallon, and grocery prices are going up every week. Cereal is higher priced, and there is less in the box. What do you plan when the birthday boy is turning 10 and he wants a laser tag party with pizza, or begs you to rent a moonbounce? My grandson Calvin turned 10 on Sunday. There were three best friends, lots of good food, and waterguns. They had a good time, got soaked, and there was enough in the budget to buy the gift he wanted. The laundry room was filled with wet towels, and the birthday guests went home with borrowed clothes, but they were smiling and laughing. The backyard birthday party is extra work, but it seems to make extra good memories.
- Chris Jones