BigSmall had the 1st of three birthday parties to attend this weekend.
And so the issue of a present raised it’s head again.
I really struggle with this.
When I drop him off at parties, especially ones where the whole class in invited, and I put the present down on the specially designated present table, I can’t help feeling mildly revulsed at the sheer excess of it all.
There are sometimes 20 or 25 presents there.
How can one child need another 20 or 25 toys to play with (on top of the presents that have probably also received from their family)?
Where are they going to put it all?
During My Make Do and Mend Year, I went to the effort of making all the gifts for all the birthday parties.
But I now find myself with less time, and somehow, I think, less inclination, to put the time and effort into making a present for a child I don’t really know, and that might not even be appreciated.
Does that make me a Bad Person?
I’ve been putting quite a lot of thought into this, and into what I could make, that wouldn’t take too much time, and that would be construed as ‘enough’.
My attempt this weekend, was these fudgy chocolate 6’s:
I combined 200g white chocolate, with 50g condensed milk and 30g butter, in a heatproof bowl, and heated it over a saucepan of boiling water.
Once it was melted and combined, I poured it into a lined cake tin, and liberally ‘applied’ sprinkles!
I left it at room temperature and when it had set, I used a cookie cutter to cut out some 6’s.
I made a paper gift bag, and put 6 of them into the bag, ready for the birthday boy.
At the last minute, I lost my nerve though, and dug a lego book out of the present stash (I siphon off some of the boy’s presents and put them in a drawer!) to go with it 🙁
What do you think-would they have been ‘enough’ on their own?
How do you all approach kids parties, and make a stand on the excess of ‘stuff’ without appearing mean?