Did you know there was a time when a child’s birthday party consisted of inviting a few friends around to the house, blowing up balloons, playing pass the parcel and blowing out the candles on a dodgy cake your mom made? The ‘homemade’ birthday party was a big event that a child looked forward to throughout the year and was also an early lesson in how to cope when you have ten friends but only five invitations.
Things have changed. Today there is an unspoken expectation for your party to have a theme. It has to have the matching plates and cups and party bags. Decorations, preferably homemade to show what an absolutely fabulous multi-tasking mom you are, and the food has to be on the theme too.
There is no more dumping a plate of sandwiches on the table with a big bag of chips in a bowl. Now you have to have cleverly crafted savory nibbles for the kids to choose from and a range of cake pops, iced sugar cookies to show off how fab you are.
The cake must be a heart-stopping centerpiece perfectly balanced between “that’s an amazing work of art” and “Oh that? I just threw it together this morning” Then you have to put together the party bags and the thank yous have to be an amusing reminder of what an amazing party it was.
I gave up some years ago. Now our birthday tradition consists of me cooking whatever you want for dinner and you picking out whatever cake you like from the ready made cakes on display at the store that day. It is a lot less stressful, a lot less time consuming, significantly cheaper and just as special.
Gabe chose this cake solely by virtue of the fact it was green. It was green-tea flavored and had an ‘unusual’ taste but it was green, so he loved it, and that was what was important.
I’m not the only one to feel this way either. Netflix and Survey Monkey discovered that many parents admit to feeling social-media fueled pressure to give their kids a huge party (44%), most wish they didn’t have to go Pinterest-crazy to give their children a good time (69%), and that’s not all:
Now we have an addition to our tradition – Netflix released 15 Birthdays On-Demand, where characters from LEGO Ninjago, Luna Petunia, Beat Bugs and more help make birthday celebrations a piece of cake.
With this new hack, parents can simply press play and kids’ favorite characters will sing them a special birthday greeting – made just for them (or so they’ll think). Netflix is taking the celebrations to the next level – no cake baking all-nighter required – by letting kids celebrate with Trollhunters or Pokėmon, anytime, anywhere. Launching in the world’s most common birth month of September (just nine months after the holidays, wink wink), Netflix Birthdays On-Demand gives parents an easier way to make their kids birthdays special.
Just searching “birthday songs” on Netflix will unlock a special performance from kids’ favorite characters, including DreamWorks All Hail King Julien, Barbie, Beat Bugs, DreamWorks Dinotrux, Las Leyendas, LEGO Friends, LEGO Ninjago, Luna Petunia, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug* and Cat Noir, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Pokemon, Project Mc2, Skylanders Academy, DreamWorks Trollhunters and Word Party.