|Brigadeiros: Late Night, Anyone?|
You may as well just get used to the fact that ninety percent of the invitations you receive will be for parties that start when your kids are normally in the their pyjamas and end when you are normally in yours, and on a school night to boot. No use tut-tut-tutting. Brazilian kids go to bed late and there isn't any amount of head shaking and finger wagging that is going to change that. I get over it by simply not going to those parties. Believe me, going to a mere one in ten of them is more than an adult can handle without medication anyway.
2) The Sweeties:
3) Health and Safety
This one's for Mr Becoming, who spent most of a party this weekend doing a safety assessment of the "Biggie Play" (those multi-tiered play areas invented by Ronald MacDonald) and the climbing wall (no helmets and lackadaisical monitoring). He was worried about falls and accidents. My concern didn't amount to more than a passing curiosity about how often the ball-pit balls were cleaned. I got over it by looking the other way and thinking pretty thoughts. There's nothing so bad in life that can't be made better by alcohol hand gel and a positive outlook.
4) Inappropriate Games
|Killing Machines By Day. Bed Wetters By Night.|
5) The Birthday Cake Ritual
The cake at a Brazilian Birthday Party is presented on a long table decorated with figurines that reflect the party's theme, in front of a decorated thematic banner. The theme is usually a Disney Princess or a Super Hero. These tables are an all-singing, all-dancing symbol of so much that is wrong with today's society; bad role models, commercialisation, yawn, yawn. Get over it by only going to Hello Kitty themed parties because it is impossible to feel angry at Hello Kitty. She's just too blooming cute.