I hate to say it, but over the years I've been to too many parties where I, or the birthday child, has felt much like the chorus of Lesley Gore's old tune. I am therefore not the biggest fan of birthday parties.1) Would you rather be the host or the guest? Guest. Partly because we have a small house with little space and a neurotic, anti-social dog so hosting is pretty difficult. Most of the time I end up in a hosting role is at congregational events where I get the easy part of hosting--wandering around visiting-and little of the hard work preparing.
2) When you are hosting, do you clean everything up the minute the guests go home? Will you accept help with the dishes? Pretty much yep. As for dishes, that is what dishwashers are for, or possibly paper plates.
3) If you had the wherewithal, and I guess I mean more than money, to throw a great theme party, what would the theme be? I have never really been big on theme parties. IT would probably depend on the occasion/reason for the party.
4) What's the worst time you ever had at a party? The first two summers I worked at camp we celebrated the end of the season by going for "supper" at the nearest town. Actually we did eat but there was also a little bit of drinking involved. My first year was marked by the fact that it was my first time over-imbibing and my clearest memory is bending over the guardrail across the street um revisiting supper. Mind you, my co-workers found that very amusing....
5) And to end on a brighter note, what was the best? 2nd summer at camp. Yes I over-indulged again but wasn't quite so spectacularly ill. And the staff team was great to work with. The best part of the evening was pretty much after we returned to camp and had a big fire (I think furniture was involved). Time spent sitting by the fire talking to good friends can't be beat.