Buy a birthday card at the dollar store, throw a $5.00 bill in it, sign your name and BAM, you’re done!
Fiver Birthday Parties are new to me, but I have to say I think they are brilliant. For those of you who, like me, do not have a lot of experience with this new(ish) trend, let me explain why I hope fivers catch on quickly with parents in every community.
How many times have you stressed over what to buy a child when attending a birthday party with your son or daughter? I’ve attended a number of parties where presents are opened in front of the guests where some are clearly liked more than others, and it can be painfully obvious to all watching that some people have more disposable income than others to purchase gifts. Not only do feelings get hurt, but kids have so much “stuff” these days, gifts seem to be less appreciated and more expected each year. And do parents really want more random toys around the house, some of which their child already owns?
A Fiver Party takes stress off the guests to find the perfect gift. It encourages a more meaningful birthday celebration with a focus on celebrating with friends and family instead of presents. On the Fiver Birthday Party invitation, the parent tactfully and respectfully explains a gift is not at all expected, but if guests wish to bring something because they feel awkward showing up without anything, they might share that their child is saving up for (insert gift or experience here) and would enjoy a birthday card with $5 to add to his or her fund. Love it!
I don’t know about you, but when I receive an invitation saying “no gifts, your presence is the only present we need”, I still am not comfortable attending the party empty handed – and sometimes stress more about what to bring in that case! Other times the invitation asks that a donation is made to a charity in lieu of a gift, which is a very nice thought which I generally assume is coming from the parent, not the child; and in that case I still feel like I want to bring the birthday boy or girl a little something.
The Fiver Party seems to be a perfect solution. The invitation makes a clear statement about expectations for a gift and allows guests to contribute, if they choose, to a bigger gift that the kids choose themselves and about which they are excited. It takes away the stress for the person attending the party to come up with a unique and creative present!
What are your thoughts?