Just wanted to share a curiosity with you. Like every year, I have been busy organising my son’s birthday (8 ! Time flies!). Being Dutch, I am used to children’s birthday parties where parents take their children and either come back later to pick them up again, or the children will be accompanied back home. From the start (1st party organised when he was 3), I had the impression that this was not done in Italy. And in fact the first years children were accompanied by parents, resulting in rather large parties, as you can imagine. Last year, I decided it was time to get some Dutch flavour to the party and indeed specifically invited ONLY the children. I took them to the theatre, we had pizza together and we brought them home. What a huge surprise for most parents! I actually had to call one or two after the theatre performance and before going for pizza to tell them all was fine. This year, I thought they would be more familiar with the concept, but still found some of them quite flabbergasted that they had to leave their off spring and could come back later to pick them up. This time we went to see the movie “Walking with Dinosaurs”. The children were all quite happy and the parents … ? They probably accept it because we are not italian or maybe because the children are getting older and more independent? I’d be curious to now how children’s birthday parties are celebrated in other countries. Any input?
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