Fiver parties are the latest trend in kids birthday parties. Unlike over-the-top celebrations that require a Kardashian sized budget to pull off, this trend is actually genius in its simplicity.
What is a fiver party?
The idea is simple. If your child is invited to a fiver party, instead of purchasing a present, guests are encouraged to simply gift the birthday child a five dollar note. Pooled together with fivers from other guests, the child can then purchase a gift that they want.
- There’s no need to come up with a present idea. THIS! I mean, I love buying presents for kids that I REALLY know, but chances are, your kid has been invited to a party for a kid you barely knew existed and asking your own child what the kid is ‘into’ is invariably a shot in the dark.
- You don’t need to make a foray into the toy aisles (thus avoiding the “I wants” from your own kids!)
- The recipient won’t end up with three toys the same.
- It reduces clutter.
- The cost of present buying is kept at a reasonable level.
- There’s less waste from packaging and also toys that end up in landfill.
- We don’t have to all stand around while the birthday kid opens a bazillion presents and our materialism becomes just a little too in your face!
- Kids can buy something that they really want.
- It makes present buying less personal.
- Some parents won’t feel comfortable receiving a request for money as a gift.
- Asking for money can be awkward and may be viewed as tacky by some people.
- Your child needs to be on board with the idea too or may be disappointed that they don’t receive presents as in the past.
How do you word a fiver party invite?
Not many people are comfortable asking for money. So wording an invite which says, “hey, come to my kid’s party and bring $$” is bound to give you a bit of anxiety. The good thing is that fiver parties are becoming more popular so not everyone who opens the invite is going to be wondering what’s going on. Also, the wording of the invite can help. Try adding a note with something along the lines of:
Jack would like to invite (guest’s name) to his/her birthday party. We look forward to sharing this special occasion with Jack’s friends and want to focus on fun rather than gifts. So we are having a fiver party. Those who wish to bring a gift (and please do not feel obliged to), we simply ask for a $5 note so that Jack can put this towards something special he’s saving for. Thank you!
Written by Julie Scanlon
Julie is Editor for Kidspot NZ and our MVP. Her hobbies include laughing uncontrollably at her own jokes, annoying her family by asking questions about movie plots, and never taking anything too seriously. She speaks a little Spanish and a lot of Yorkshire.
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