Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Opinion About 4 Year Old's Birthday Party

I've been to a lot of young childrens' birthday parties lately and for the most part know what to expect at each one.  However, an acquaintance of mine, who is a friend on Facebook, just posted pics from a 4 year old birthday party her daughter just attended, that took me by surprise.

I don't understand why this mom thought it was an acceptable theme for a 4 year old.  It also reinforces some of the lifestyle stereotypes I have of Southern Californians that I don't attribute to and rebel against.

This little girl's birthday party theme was 'Rockstar Diva'.  At the party, they had stations for hair, makeup, nails, etc.  They all appeared to be singing karaoke (without knowing how to read?) and posed provocatively for the camera like little Lady Gagas.  The mom made elaborate goody bags with pampered products and treats inside.  I'm sure there was some designer drug in there for good measure - never too early to become trendy!

The particular theme seems ideal for a middle or high school girl, but come on - a 4 year old?!  In my mind, 'Rockstar Diva' has a negative connotation.  What do you want your child to aspire to?  I know the Disney Princesses and Barbie are insidious in their own regard, but they still seem somewhat a little more innocent and child-like than rockstar divas.

Glancing through the photos, I could almost envision these little divas in another 10-15 years - more little shopaholic princesses to flood Orange County.  Future 'Real Housewives of Orange County' - like we need any more!

Am I wrong about this?  Am I being too harsh?  Is this a harmless, fun party idea for a 4 year old girl?   

1 comment:

  1. Oh, good gawd. You are not too harsh - that's insane.

    Our tentative birthday party rules are... No themes. Very few people. Very few gifts. Because birthdays really aren't *that* big of a deal and I really don't want my daughter growing up thinking that she's the centre of the universe, or that dressing like THAT is remotely ok. Gah.