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february brings the first of my children’s birthdays with it.

And the headache of thinking of a suitable party outing.

Gone are the days when you invited a few friends round to your house for jelly and ice cream and then sent them home with a piece of cake and a balloon.

Children’s parties are big business now, and carry the price tag to prove it.

Competitive mums strive ever harder to find new venues and new activities for their offspring’s celebrations.

They don’t just select a few special friends to enjoy the treat either, the whole class gets invited along.

Bring back musical chairs.