No good deed goes unpunished…This is what I get for listening to the after hours messages tonight
Things that DONT make you an SS:
ordering a $XXXX cake for a 1 year old bday party
specifying the hex value of the colors you want in the cake design
spending 3 hours in the shop and 15 email messages over the course of a week hammering out the design
Things that DO make you an SS:
Calling at 9pm 2 days after your party drunk and screaming that we ruined! your child's birthday because the cake is the wrong flavor and don't we know that pwecious HATES that flavor ( we have 3 emails confirming the flavor. I should also mention that we were open this Sunday so she could have called or come in then)
Sending us a
novella email accusing us getting the design wrong (we opened the box to show her the cake and she signed for it)
Threatening to call your credit card company and reverse the charges (we have her signature twice)
The owner of the bakery is going to be out of town for the next couple of days so I offered to come in early and open up the shop for her this week while she was gone. Tuesday is going to be awesome…I can just feel it
The kid is one. ONE. I can't remember a thing before my third birthday, and even then it's patchy at best. I truly cannot understand parents who have big parties and stress out massively for kids who won't even remember all the effort (and not in an ungrateful way, in a sincerely no memory of the event way)
At that age, the party is more for the parents, family, and friends. People should spend whatever they feel comfortable spending on these things - but they should be civil while they do it.
I've encountered special snowflake mothers who declare that you've ruined Special Snowflake Jr's birthday, and they'll be heartbroken, traumatised even! And they'll be suing you, yes you, for the therapy that Jr will need to get over such an upset.
I exaggerate, but these mothers really do seem to think that their child will comprehend and remember either way. If you want to have a family gathering around the child, that's great, my parents did that when I was one and we got some great stories from it (my aunt bought me a soft parts dolly that I was apparently so enamoured with I tried to kiss it through the packaging - I'm pretty sure my mum has the video somewhere, she threatens to bring it out every few birthdays)