This weekend starts the birthday craze that I thought ended in December but alas I was wrong so most babies were conceived around Easter (I think).

There are many mixed rainbow emotions when it comes to kiddies’ party – I love the copious amount of sugar. I do not admit this to my daughter who you would think I deprive all things sucrose related –she is that child with her head in a cupcake grasping on jelly tots and flings.

Emotions range from happy due to the sugar and adult company being present, to being nervous about  what happens if I eat too much sugar and scare the adult company by either being super talkative or nursing a sugar low. And if there are adults, what do I say to sound like I am an in control mother who has a clue, even if it is slightly skewered and covered in chaos.

It is only now that I am able to attend a party and make small talk as my 2 year 10 month 12 day old snot flicker is much more independent. Before this I felt like a dodgy stalker, not even helicopter parent,  as she screamed at me as if I was going to kidnap her, all the while, happily giving away too much personal family info. Her bowel movements are currently a hot topic for all who will listen, that is everyone but close family.

I have a problem (that is besides jumping between stories and forgetting what I am saying). I do not like people being alone and I am so desperate for grown up conversation,  all the while happy to be left in my crazy mind. See conflicted.

So ‘small talk’ guidelines when an awkward silence emerges at a birthday party:

  • Do not talk about the weather – however this will be unavoidable so when this does come up consider asking what holidays are planned in the coming year?
  • Politics well in South Africa I feel I can safely say this can make for interesting conversation and lively debate. Most would stay clear but I feel this could be a surprising go to topic. Possibly use the “Trump” card and bring in the States.
  • Books and reading – this is great as it is fun to find more selection for adults and children alike.
  • Food – I love food so any new recipes or helpful hints are always a go to for me.

My anxiety hits a lovely level 6 at the prospect of attending a party albeit short lived so I choose not to think about it too much. My biggest fear is ending up sitting in a corner singing Celine Deon ‘all by myself?”

What does one wear to a party? What gift to get and what is considered acceptable to give? anxiety levels are creeping up… excuse me while I go rock in the shower as I prepare for tomorrow.

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