Apart from when my husband pushes his luck with his sport – it’s not often that I put my serious face on. Of course not frowning – who needs those lines – but serious nonetheless. Today, I am. Kids parties are a wonderful, special occasion – I mean look back to see quite how seriously I take mine.
However, the one thing I really don’t like at kids parties, apart from snotty, sticky fingered kids, is the HUUUUUUUUUGE pile of gifts – often of
SHI tut, that the kids can’t cope with, and nor can the mums.
It was this that inspired me, when my girls turned two, to ask for donations to Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity from the party-goers in lieu of gifts, by creating a Celebration Page. You see, one of my twins has had two very minor procedures at GOSH and when you go there – and hopefully you won’t ever have to, it is THE most humbling experience.
Now I REALLY hate to sound like a right-on hippy do-gooder but, to me, it’s a no-brainer – I mean ask yourself how many times you’ve had a £10 plastic piece of tut that the kid has no interest in. Look, I can do maths. Add up those £10 gifts, and before you know it – you can have raised over £200 for GOSH. And if five mums thought ‘that’s yet another great idea by SukiP’ – without blinking they will have raised £1,000 for the charity.
A few of my pals have followed my lead and together, over the years, we have raised over £4,000. The kids love doing it – they get a certificate “and EVEWYFING”.
It’s a WIN WIN situation people – you’ve got less rubbish in the house, your kids learn about kids less fortunate than themselves and GOSH get a donation. No running, no hair-cutting, no growing moustaches or any other ridiculous things you do for charity. Easy-peasy.