Guest blogger Karyn Bryant writes: Next month my daughter turns two, and I'm fighting like hell to avoid getting sucked into the vortex that is the LA birthday party.
Before I moved here I had never seen a huge, inflatable bouncer at a kid's party. But nowadays it seems to be mandatory. It's simply one facet of the huge party one must throw for a toddler. So I'm panicked and guilt ridden: Am I a mean mommy if Aurora doesn't have an affair to remember?
Later in life, will she have memories from age 2? If so, then she'll forever remember that her party was sub-par if I don't get a bouncer and invite 30-or-so "close friends." If she can't, she'll no doubt see the pictures and video when she's older, and then she'll sadly acknowledge our lameness.
Part of me loves the idea of a big get-together because it's a fun way to catch up with a bunch of friends. But then that means I have to do a lot of work, and that's not appealing/feasible with all the other crap that's not getting done already. Yet I fear I'll regret it if I keep it small. Who would/wouldn't I ask to join us? Surely word would get around my play-group if I selected only a handful of invitees. We've attended several parties--isn't it time Aurora got showered with attention like all the other munchkins?
My husband thinks I'm nuts for considering the huge party. "She's 2 for crying out loud. Two." I know he's got a point, but that hasn't stopped me from googling party rentals and cruising the favor aisle at Toys "R" Us. It looks like the vortex's pull might be stronger than expected.
Karyn Bryant is a television personality who's hosted shows on CNN, TNT, VH1, and MTV. She's currently a reporter for Showtime Championship Boxing and CBS' Saturday Night Fights. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Wade, and daughter, Aurora. For more from Karyn, click here.