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Nadine and I had to get to the Cayman Yacht Club, there was an important party. This festive event included a bus that miraculously turns into a boat. It was scheduled to depart soon. Fifty or so guests would enjoy some hors d'oeuvres and drinks before snorkeling. Once the boat docked, there was a catered buffet waiting with more hors d'oeuvres, hamburgers, pizza, seafood, and drinks next to the pool. This was one heck of a birthday party . . . for a six year old girl.

Yes, quite a few children's birthday parties on island have been out of "our" norm. We have felt a mix of emotions (surprise, astonishment, awe, inferiority) with the location, activities, and expense at these celebrations for small humans.

We've attended one at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. At another, Sophie rode horses. I've even seen a layered volcano cake actually spewing out red liquid frosting. And if you are going to have a kick ass birthday party, you're obviously going to need a lifeguard or two to watch all the kids in the pool who are either swimming and/or peeing. It's not uncommon to see guys walk around making balloon figures. The expense to actually host some of these parties easily surpasses thousands of dollars, but a little alcohol makes it worth for the parents too.

One aspect we have noticed, and maybe it's cultural, but kids don't open their gifts in front of everyone at the party, but once the party is done.

Without a doubt, the birthday parties have been entertaining and I have enjoyed myself as each one has been epic in its own way.

So when it's my turn to host a birthday party, there won't be any pressure. Well, in fact, I have a child's birthday . . . tomorrow.


Posted by TulsaTrot 21:40 Archived in Cayman Islands Tagged cayman_islands grand_cayman birthday_parties

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