‘Fiver Parties’ Are Now A Thing – So Would You Send Your Child To One?MSN #Espa_OlJanuary 12, 2019
Some mums said they would be happy as long as it wasn’t compulsory, i.e. the parents of the child shouldn’t be reliant on the money from others to buy this big gift.
Cathy Ranson, editor of ChannelMum.com said, providing everyone agrees, fiver parties are a simple way to remove the pressure of gift giving.
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At least that’s according to Mumsnet, where mums have been discussing the new phenomenon of “fiver parties” – you don’t bring a present, just stick a fiver in a card so the parents can put it towards a bigger present for their child and say it’s from all their friends and family.
“Part of me thinks, yeah I’d stick a fiver in a card rather than the mission to find a reasonably-priced gift that I’m not sure birthday child wants.
“But the Brit in me is recoiling in horror at the idea of asking other parents to give my child cash in order to reimburse the big gift I’d bought my child.
The idea of a fiver party is that children don’t end up with tons of presents they might not necessarily want which, if you think about it, could also cut down on piles of plastic waste.
“Of course most parents buy a birthday gift, but it’s not mandatory, and some might just get a book from the pound shop.”
I usually ask the parents if there is something specific their child would like and if they’re not sure then our child is always able to find out from their friend.
I just hate the idea of asking for money I suppose.”