Friday, October 26, 2007

Saturday Photo Hunt ---- Pink






PINK


If there is one colour I really hate it is pink. None of the rooms in my house have anything pink nor does my closet contain a single item of pink apparel. But, as you can see below, it is a colour loved by many little girls, well except two. One, my granddaughter, second from the right and the other one, next to her, the Birthday Girl, prefer blue which I also dislike but not so strongly. The party was held in a dance studio and the entertainment was a dance lesson. This is the lifestyle of the four year olds who live in Westchester County, New York.



My daughter thought that the party had probably cost in the region of $1000 all told. She dragged me along and said don't worry, there will be so many people there no one will care. She was right for there were lots of parents and grandparents of the attendees and we lunched at the sandwich buffet while the young ones ate a different lunch. There were three different birthday cakes and the party favours were extraordinary. As well each child received a photo of the group in a frame to take home. One of the grandparents took care of this while the dance lesson took place. No, my daughter doesn't spend $1000 on her daughter's birthday party but the pressure is on for these mothers, for it seems my granddaughter attends at least 2 birthday parties a month.


HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE


Sorry about word verification which I hate myself but I have been discovered by some spammers who are inundating my posts. Hopefully it will be temporary.

46 comments:

Heather said...

Oh my goodness. I knew the prices were getting higher and that the pressure is on but oh my goodness. we spent $25 total on my son's birthday party this month, and he is six. :) It makes me very glad that we are not in those circles. Wow. The photo however is beautiful (despite the pink)!

JC said...

the pressure is on for these mothers
I guess I'll never really understand that. It's a great pic but it would still be a great pic if your girl was just blowing out her candles on a home-made cake with her family singing Happy Birthday to her.

Please don't take offence... kids just don't care if it's a box of gold or paper... as long as they're having fun.

Nap Warden said...

Beautiful picture!

Sarabeth said...

Yikes! I just keep thinking how much more $1000 could buy if you decided not to out do everyone with a party like that. What is that kid going to want when she's 16. Makes the mother in me panic.

I like the picture and how it pertains to the topic.

What colors do you like?

Mike Goad said...

Nice picture none-the-less!

I agree... I don't particularly care for pink, either, though I think that guys have been kind of brainwashed that way... especially guys in my generation. I don't know if I've ever owned any clothes that started out pink. I've had a few that came out of the wash that way.

I do think it's great that pink has become a symbol for something very important.

ipanema said...

perhaps they have money to throw which i love to take. :)

these people sometimes, it's just to show off. status quo. perhaps they are used to this extravagant lifestyle. anyway, it's their money...hahahaha. who knows the thousand is just loose change for them. :)

yeah, they look cute! :)

eastcoastlife said...

Nooooo.... pink is pretty! I love pink! If I had my way, I'll decorate my house a pink Hello Kitty theme! hahaha.....

Corey~living and loving said...

Love the entry. Sad about the parties...people really need to get rid of the "keeping up with the jones'" attitude. I makes me sad.

crazy working mom said...

Awwww...so sweet! :)

Thanks for stopping by.

Gattina said...

Seems a nice birthday party but a little expensive ! I also had difficulties to find "pink" pictures especially in this season !

tegdirb92 said...

what a beautiful picture!

Katney said...

I am glad that little girls--and big ones--can choose to be pretty in pink or show their preference for any other color. I am sad that their mothers are modeling for them that more is better.

My favorite is currently green, but lately, I have leaned toward pink as a statement. I wouldn't mind having that $1000 toward the cause. I could bake a rally nice cake for that!

Carver said...

That's an adorable shot. Your granddaughter looks so cute. I'm not big on pink either but it works with children. I like the fact that your granddaughter was in a different color though. Wow, that's an expensive party. When my daughter was young we did the gymnastic party one year which is a similar idea but a whole lot cheaper than what they are doing now in NY. I hope you have a pleasant weekend.

Lynn said...

Lifestyle of the four year olds. I like that. Anyway I love looking at the tutus.

BlurMommy said...

Wow, that's an expensive party! I hope I won't have those pressures later.

jams o donnell said...

Great pic jmb. Perfect for this week's theme. As for the party itself? $1,000 for a party? I'm sure the kid would have been happy with a far simpler affair.

PastorMac's Ann said...

What an adorable group of ballerinas. Great choice for our pink theme.

RUTH said...

The girls are definitely Pretty In Pink :o)

.:mar said...

I feel the same way about pink!!! No pink in my house, no pink in my closet either...
I love little girls dressed in pink, though, that's a cute picture.
And I am shocked to hear about these bday parties!!

YTSL said...

Okay, now I know you don't like pink and also blue. So what color(s) do you like? ;b

Sienna said...

They look so cute, that's a beautiful photo....such a different world, different lifestyle, although for many years we had a dance teacher here (no ballet) but at the end of the year the kids would put on one hell of a concert.

Everyone so proud of them, great expression for children (and adults for that matter!) dancing.

Ha! I have one (pale) pink item of clothing, a t shirt with a beautiful photo of Marilyn Monroe on it (and glitter too.....) I must say it is kinda my favorite t shirt.

Pam

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Fine shot of a beautiful group!

Colin Campbell said...

We have decided to do alternate year parties for our kids. We did parties every year until this year. Their birthdays are two days apart, so separate parties are not so feasible now. At least there is a party every year in November. Even with that, it can be quite expensive.

Bengbeng said...

my interior is painted a soft pink but there r many masculine colors around to neutralize it.

TeacherJulie said...

JMB, like you, I am not fond of pink-colored clothes. Why, even my youngest daughter once said, "I don't like pink, I like blue!" Now she likes yellow, LOL.

My, party is so expensive. Even here in our impoverished country, some families spend even double that amount for birthday parties. I can guesstimate since I have been to several. I'm just happy though they still get to invite us even if we don't celebrate our children's birthdays,nowhere near like that, :)

Have a great weekend!

Siani said...

Great choice of pic for this week's theme. Those pesky spammers don't leave anyone alone, do they? Have a great weekend!

Ian Lidster said...

Depends on the hue of pink -- it can work -- sometimes.

Dragonheart said...

Many little girls do love pink. :) Blue is one of my favourite colours - it's the colour of the sky, so what's not to love? I can't imagine spending that much money on a birthday party, and I don't see why the mothers feel like they are under pressure. But I guess everyone is different.

Gledwood said...

Have a charming weekend...

you can do my "meme" thing if you want:... who was your favourite Canadian/or other childhood Bear~?!?

Chen said...

nice picture. Same as u, i don't fancy pink colour either. I don't have any pink clothes :)

Have a great weekend :)

Andrée said...

The girls are gorgeous. What about their expectations during the rest of their lives? Whew it's scary. Good post.

Tai said...

WOW! That's alot of money to spend on a birthday that will most likely be forgotten.
Guess it'll be a Lexus for the 16th birthday, eh?
When I was a kid, I got a second hand bike (probably cost $5 back in the day, if that) and I was over the moon!
The pressure must be overwhelming.

Janice Thomson said...

How sad that such should be the case for an event that should be more fun than extravagance. Ditto Sarabeth's comment too. What a delightful photo though! Perfect for the theme.

ju said...

thanks for the compliment!

wonderful find for today’s theme.

JC said...

You've been Treated! Hope you come by my blog to pick it up, when you have an extra minute. Take care!

mutleythedog said...

WOW!! They all look beautiful Ms JMB!! My daughter is 15 and I have never spent anything like $1000 on a birthday. Its crazy really..

Expat Traveler said...

Oh wow, but I must still say it's adorable!

amy said...

what sweet faces

Talk..to..Grams said...

Lovely picture!! Thanks for your visit! Have nice Sunday!! Grams

jmb said...

Thanks to everyone who came by today to visit my Pink photo hunt.
Have a great weekend.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

The only shade of pink I can wear is a deep fuschia. Your granddaughters look so cute! My mother once told me, "Men like blue" and I have found this to be true. That's a great idea that they all had a photo to take home.

.:mar said...

Thanks for the link to Sir James, what fun to be featured somewhere else :)

everydayhealy said...

oh.... they are pink and lovely. Graet shot!:)

Love Bears All Things said...

I've heard about this phenomenon. I don't understand it. Just another form of greed, I guess.
Mama Bear

Crushed by Ingsoc said...

I never wear pink, I find it doesn't really suit me.

There is a lot of pressure on parents to spend a fortune on birthdays, both on parties and presents. They have become spendfests.

leslie said...

Have you ever seen "Party Mamas" on tv? I think it's on Slice...all these mothers who go over the top with parties for their kids, husbands, etc.

My daughter was complaining that $ is tight this year for Xmas, but she still wants to buy her almost 4-year-old a Leapster. I told her that he would probably prefer a box of inexpensive hot wheels cars. But the parents buy these things so "they" won't feel guilty about "depriving" their kids. I don't get it. I decided this year he's getting "Hungry Hungry Hippos" from me and a book because it's time he started learning how to "take turns" - seeing as how he'll be getting a new little brother or sister in March.

My kids had hot dogs and pop for their b'day parties, played games, and gave out a little goody-bag. I'd like to KILL whoever thought THAT up! They end up costing more than anything else. Great topic and by the way, your granddaughter is a DOLL!