Twoonie Party: Your Two CentsJanuary 21st, 2013
I suppose I should preface this post with a pertinent piece of information: in Canada we have both $1 and $2 coins – they are called “Loonies” and “Twoonies” respectively. The first is called a “Loonie” because there is a loon on it, and the second is called a “Twoonie” because we had used up all our creativity naming the first. They look like this:
Ok, so now that I’ve educated you all, here is what I’m actually wondering about.
My daughters 3rd birthday (I KNOW!) is fast approaching, and her BFF from school shares the same birthday with her. We’ve decided a joint party is in order as most of the guests are daycare pals and this is just easier for everyone. I’ve been thinking a lot about the gifts. I don’t expect gifts from people, but let’s be honest – have you every shown up at a party without a gift, even when people tell you not to bring one? I didn’t think so. However, my child needs nothing. In fact, she needs less. The aftermath of Christmas is still exploding around our home and honestly, stuff is just stuff and she really doesn’t need more make her happy. I’m quite certain her birthday twin is in much the same boat. Add to this the fact that a double birthday party DOES sort of mean double gifts, and I start to get itchy at the thought of the parents trying to sort it out on their end, and us trying to manage it after.
When I was out with my BFF on the weekend, she mentioned that a lot of the kids from her daughters daycare class have started to have “twoonie” parties. That is – they ask each guest to being 2 Twoonies, and one goes into the jar for the birthday girl/boy and the other goes into a jar for a charity. The idea is, you take the jar of twoonies for the birthday girl/boy and apply the money towards a larger gift or even better, an experience (like a show or a membership somewhere), I’d even go so far as to show on the jar what we were saving up for. The other jar is donated to a charity or non-profit that your child would like to give back to, essentially teaching them a lesson. In the case of Everly, I would likely give the money to the Vancouver Aquarium as it’s one of her favourite places to go.
This idea intrigues me, but then I also feel somewhat awkward putting this out there for the parents of our guests. I don’t know why exactly, but to me this seems like we’re asking for money as opposed to allowing someone to choose a gift if they want. All that said, this does take the stress of having to shop for – in this case 2, gifts, wrap them, bring them etc. Add to that the fact the party is only 2 hours and there are close to 15 kids, we wouldn’t even be opening the gifts in front of the kids anyway (can I sidebar for a moment to tell you how much I LOATHE this new tradition of not opening the gifts at the party? While I 100% understand the reason behind it, it just cheapens the whole thing and makes me feel gluttonous and ungrateful). This would mean the double birthday party wouldn’t cost more than $8 for the daycare kids, and would eliminate the awkward feeling of not bringing a gift for the birthday girl who didn’t invite you, for those friends that aren’t shared.
So what say you bloggy friends, what do YOU think about this idea? What would your honest reaction be to receiving an invite with this idea on it? Would you be relieved, or put out?