Monday, March 04, 2013

How to Make Kids' Parties More Fun for Grown-Ups

Elliot and I attended a 5-year-old's birthday party yesterday with a clever twist. In addition to the usual magician, balloons and cake, they had an activity for adults: a trivia contest.

While the kids took a whack at the pinata, the parents handed out sheets with questions about pop culture and events from 2008 — the year their child was born.

Believe or not, 2008 is now long enough ago that the trivia wasn't a cinch. Who was Thomas Bettie? How many gold medals did Michael Phelps win? Who was the most searched-for person on Google?* I had to really work my mental muscles to remember.

In the end, I got enough of the answers right to win a prize: a banana slicer, the product famously mocked in Amazon reviews. ("For decades I have been trying to come up with an ideal way to slice a banana. "Use a knife!" they say. parole officer won't allow me to be around knives. "Shoot it with a gun!" Background check...HELLO!")

I suppose in 2018 we may have trouble remembering that people spent their time writing ironic Amazon reviews — who knows?

Anyway, now I really want to steal the idea of birth-year trivia and use it at one of my kids' parties. But since all the same children — and all the same parents — attend these things, I may have to bide my time.

*(the pregnant man, eight, Sarah Palin)