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)


Nita Digirolamo said...

That birthday year trivia does seem like a good idea. That saves parents from standing around, waiting for their kid to start wailing about wanting cake or begging to start hitting the piƱata. Maybe you can spice it up when your son’s birthday comes around – forget the questionnaires and have the parents do a mix of musical chairs and birthday year trivia!

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I have some ideas about how to make a memorable birthday parties for children.
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