Birthdays have changed since I was a kid.
When I was little you picked a date, sent out some invites, kids showed up with presents for cake and ice cream. There was never a question as to whether or not people would attend or not.
Was I the most popular kid in school?
Not at all. I was totally middle ground when it came to popularity.
These days I'm terrified of my kids' birthdays.
This is how it goes:
Invites go out.
No one RSVP's.
The day of the party I tremble with fear, hoping that ANYONE will show up.
A handful do- the kid is happy.
My alternate plans in the case of no one showing are abandoned.
At least that's how things have gone down thus far.
It's not that they are outcasts- they're not at all.
This is just the way things are these days, at almost every party for every kid I've ever been to.
There seem to be two exceptions: the über popular kids and the kids whose parents have sprung hundreds upon hundreds of dollars for the A-list Birthday locations.