By Rob Grigor
SO WHAT WAS CHAPTER 1 ALL
In a nutshell Chapter 1 is
about all the things that can and frequently do go wrong at children's
working through the verses and dealing with each problem as it occurs,
you (yes you) can become the party expert, the envy of your friends
and a hero to your kids. At the end of each successful occasion you
will be able to stand tall and say, "it was a piece of cake"
(no pun intended).
Let's start at the very beginning,
a very good place to start (now that would make a good opening for a song).
'Twas the day of Amelia's
A day full of laughter and cheer.
Amelia was singing and dancing,
Her parents were shaking with fear.
Of course it doesn't really
matter whether it's Amelia's party or that of Elizabeth, Mary, or Tom, Dick, or Harry.
Call me an idiot (just kidding) but I firmly believe that deep down
inside all children are the same. Now before you hurl this book into
the nearest bottomless pit with cries of "this guy obviously knows
nothing at all about children", let me explain. Take an audience
of say two hundred children (gulp) watching a clown or a magician, and
I can guarantee that at least 95% of the group will call out at the
same time, laugh at the same things and generally respond in a similar
fashion to just about every thing that occurs in the show. From this
we can deduce, without venturing too deeply into the complex world of
child psychology, that no matter how unique your own little cherubs
may appear to be on the outside, they do in fact share an inner affinity
with most of the children on this planet.
In short it is every child's
enviable ability to suspend disbelief at the drop of a hat and willingly be led into
a world of fantasy. This makes it possible, with the right approach,
to unite a whole bunch of them at a birthday party and in doing so remove
the fear of an uncontrollable hoard taking over your home. Furthermore
children love to be organised and to know exactly what they are supposed
to be doing (much the same way as adults) so it is up to you to organise
the party to the hilt, thus ensuring that the little dears have no time
to resort to creating their own form of amusement.
"That's all very well as far as it
goes" I hear you cry, "but it doesn't go very far" (Charles
Dickens would be proud). Fear not brave reader as I attempt to show
you that , as with all things in life, it is by paying attention to
the small, not so obvious details, that we ensure a successful end result.