Archived from “My Lil Guy” (my previous blog)
After my last post, I asked some of my facebook friends what they thought about character based kids parties and we discussed a bit. One said that while she likes general themes because they allow you to be more creative, that kids want characters. She added ” So who are we really trying to please?” Which I guess is why I was asking in the first place. The whole reason we are spending time and money on a party for our lil’ guy is to celebrate them, so do they get a say? For the first several years, you can get away with doing whatever you want. I don’t think the 1 year old is going to know that he missed out on a Elmo party because his parents were lame and did a cute cowboy theme. :P
But at some point they do start having a preference. I know a friend who just had a Buzz and Woody party for her little girl because that’s what she loves right now. Mom tried to convince her that maybe something at bit more girly would be fun but in the end did a sweet cupcake tower with Buzz and Woody on it, because it made her little girl’s day.
Another one of my friends pointed out that kids are bombarded with commericalized stuff and that general themes could encourage more out-of-the-box thinking for both parents and kiddos. Another said that he prefers general themes (like army) because often his son isn’t in to the characters or movies where that general theme is usually found (like GI Joe).
I guess I’m a middle ground kind of mom. I think most character themes have a underlying general theme that can be focused on and then you can add character specific dashes. One friend posted “My thought would be that you can do something within a character’s theme…The character can be incorporated without doing the whole party with that one element.” So we are pretty much on the same page.
I’ve been thinking a lot about where I want to go with my designs for My Lil’ Guy and I think this is a pretty good direction for me. I can create fun printable party elements within a general theme, inspired by the things my kiddos love, to help moms get something unique and then share lots of inspiration from around the net for creating additional elements to make your party rock your lil’ guys socks off. :D