Most condo-dwelling families do not have an extra room to create a play area for the children. The smaller your space, the more you feel the impact of all the toys that your child accumulates every Christmas and birthday. This year, let your child’s birthday party be a fiver party!
Each child invited to the party brings a $5 bill instead of a gift. This will go toward a gift the child really wants. “A” gift. ONE. Parents usually buy it in advance and have their child unwrap it at the party, so all the children can be part of the excitement.
A word of caution: The amount of money MUST be small. Otherwise, it is asking for gifts, which is a serious breach of etiquette! See my post on asking for cash as a wedding gift.
All parents love this idea, because their children are often invited to several parties each year, and the cost of a gift for each adds up considerably, not to mention shopping for the gift and wondering what to buy. Lower income parents sometimes have difficulty letting their children go to so many parties because of the finances involved.
Even more importantly, the concept of the fiver party has far-reaching lessons for the children, and can be used as a teaching moment.
- There is less toy clutter — this one is obvious!
- It is better for the environment, as there is less gift wrap involved. As well, smaller toys end up in landfill as they get broken or outgrown
- It teaches less greed, as the emphasis is taken off the quantity of gifts
- It teaches that things worth having are worth saving for, as the child now has the money accumulated to buy the cherished prize they dream of
- It teaches that some families may not have the resources to buy expensive gifts, and allows children of lower income homes to participate equally in the party
- It allows the children to feel part of the excitement as they sign the card for the one gift
Consider a fiver party for your child’s next birthday, and don’t forget to comment on this post to tell me how it went!