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08/04/2013 at 09:15
It will be B's birthday in 2 months time. For his birthday last time he invited everyone in his class from pre-school to come to his house and have a party there. The party itself was a massive success and the kids that came had a lovely time. It took a lot of planning and prep work. He had wanted the same thing again this year. I had hoped we would be moved by now but that hasn't happened.
I don't know what to do for his birthday this year. He again wants to invite lots of people and he has been planning his party since his last one.
I am worrying about having a party and someone wanting to view it and having it ready in time but can't afford to have thirty kids at softplay/hall party etc.
any solutions I haven't thought of?
08/04/2013 at 09:21
I couldn't have that many kids of that age in my house for a party! Can he pick say 5 or 6 of his closer friends for a tea party instead? F is 5 and a lot of her friends recently have been doing this instead of massive parties.
08/04/2013 at 09:32
I'd go for a smaller party this year to, just ask him to choose a handful of closer friends.
08/04/2013 at 09:49
We did a big hall party for F for her 5th birthday but I've made it clear that this won't be happening every year, I was thinking for her 6th I might let her pick 2/3 friends and take them to the cinema or something similar followed by Pizza Hut.
08/04/2013 at 12:55
Another one who would go for smaller party. I can't remember what age B is, but my sister had about 5 boys over for her son, she had a movie day. Made a big hamper of special things for the boys with food and games ect in and they LOVED it, quite popular as I know a few others are doing the same. Although I undertand its going to be summer! But still could do the same with garden theme? BBQ ect? x
09/04/2013 at 09:13
Sorry for the delay in returning. B will be five. He has been invited to about a dozen parties or more sinc ehis birthday and I feel bad for not reciporating.. or is that okay?
If I could guarantee the weather and we are still living here I would def go for a party on the field in front of our house as it is massive and we could do lots on there but I would need parents to stay and I'm not sure many would be willing?
I'd love to do a party like last year I must admit!
09/04/2013 at 09:29
God no! If we all held parties for everyone we'd just spend all our time buying gifts and attending parties. There has to be a balance I think.
09/04/2013 at 09:39
Right okay dokey, never sure on party etiquette as I didn't go to any as a child.
09/04/2013 at 09:46
me neither QI. Only my sisblings or cousins.
09/04/2013 at 10:12
It's ok not to reciprocate. I struggled with this, but it is.
If you want to do a party at home, go for it. If you need to you tell the agent you are not available for viewings that weekend. Anyone who is really keen will view another time. You can't put your life on hold "incase".
Re parents staying, I think at 5 alot will. I would put on the invites "parents welcome to stay and enjoy a cuppa and some cake" or similar so they know they don't have to drop off.
For A's 5th birthday she chose four friends to come home after school for tea and we played party games. I don't have much space so did it straight after school so that parents didn't come!
M went to a 5th party at a classmates home, she hadn't been there before, didn't know the parents and would never have gone alone. Most parents stayed.
09/04/2013 at 11:37
The etiquette as far as I understand is that if you choose to do a big party in a hall or something then you do need to invite all the kids who's parties B has been too otherwise it would look a bit rude. However, if you're doing a small party at home then the other parents would appreciate that only a few can go and it's up to B who he chooses to invite, even if he's been to someone's party doesn't mean he's close friends with them. A couple of kids from Freya's class who came to her big party haven't invited her to their very small parties at home and I was fine with this (actually was secretly pleased because it saved me buying yet another present!!). Freya did moan about it but I just explained it to her and she was ok.
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