It wasn’t until we moved overseas that I heard about the newest birthday party craze: the “Fiver Party.” Not only is it GENIUS, but it helps with those last minute birthday gift buying stresses for any busy mama.
A couple of weeks ago my oldest daughter, Zoey, was invited to a birthday party by a girl in her class. Like many school aged children, this girl invited everyone in her class so that no student felt left out. Although my daughter has talked to this girl from time to time, she didn’t know her very well. She wanted to go to the party, but the gift-giving made her a little weary. She didn’t know what interests this girl had, and therefore didn’t know what to get her for a present. Luckily for us, Spaniard families are all about “the fiver party,” which has been a tradition here for some time.
Our Spanish friends say that it has taken the pressure off of them and their children. There isn’t any more jealousy over gifts at parties, and it allows children to get a present that they have been wanting and/or needing all year.
So what exactly is a “fiver party”?
The idea is for everyone to bring $5 (or suggested amount) in an envelope to give to the parents of the birthday girl/boy. This money is then collected and given to the child to put towards an item of their choosing.
In Spain, a fiver party typically allows families to chip in anywhere between 5 – 10 euros. We’ve even attended parties where parents keep the amount open ended so that the family decides the amount that they wish to gift. This allows families to pitch in what they can afford versus putting a price limit on it.
Although some may feel that this takes the fun out of opening presents, the fiver party definitely has its advantages.
Advantages of a Fiver Party:
- Saves time on an over-planned or long party that is taken over by opening presents.
- Doesn’t make a child feel out of place about their gift not being the biggest.
- Saves on the embarrassing moments if the child already has the gift or doesn’t act excited.
- Takes the stress away from busy parents trying to find a perfect gift.
- Saves on wrapping paper or gift bags.
- Teaches the birthday girl/boy about saving and responsibility.
- Keeps the focus on spending time with friends vs. time opening presents.
- Doesn’t break the budget for some families.
What do you think? Would you throw a “fiver party” for your child?