There are few things more entertaining and authentically fun as a Dominican birthday party. For real. Whether the affair is extravagant or simple, the celebration is always grand! I've been to a few kid's birthday parties with my children, and I have to say that at each one I walked with a big, FAT, smile on my face. I think that the adults have as much fun (if not more) than the kids.
There are a few social rules that I have picked up along the way that I would like to pass on to you for your pleasure:
1. The birthday party will not start at the designated time on the invitation. It will likely start an hour and a half to two hours past the time on the invitation.
2. The birthday party will not be an in- and- out type of party. Accepting an invitation is a minimum time commitment of four hours (not including the two hours you spend awkwardly awaiting the start of the party because you foolishly arrived a mere half hour late) and you will likely still leave before the cake has been served or the presents opened.
|These teenagers did a great job entertaining! They were like pros! The back up dancer girls were beautiful, colorful and fabulous dancers (however, all Dominicans can dance! For real!)|
3. No amount of apologizing and giving valid reasons for needing to leave before the party is over will prevent the Dominican host from giving you emotional grief for such a rude and "hurried" departure (even though you were there at the stated time!)
|This captures both the look of the child and the host when you have to say that we have to go before the party has come to an end. Doesn't a five hour investment count for anything? (NO! Insert look of disgust *here*.)|
4. The music will be loud. The decorations spectacular. The hospitality tremendous. There will be laughter, shouting and dancing. It will be better than amusing.