It’s that time of year, my daughter’s birthday has come flying round again and she’s hitting the big 6 at the beginning of March. Until she was 4 and at full time school, I’d gotten away with not throwing birthday parties. I’d had a few relatives over for cake and balloons and that was pretty much it.
Then when she started school of course the invitations came flooding in and she understandably wanted a party. The first year I got a little caught up in it all. For her fourth birthday we had pretty much all 30 children in her year to a huge bash at the nearest village hall, complete with magician/balloon animal maker, and fabulous party food. I swear to god, it cost more than my 21st Birthday Party!
Last year I cut it back to a girlie tea party at our house with 6 friends…my house was trashed within 10 minutes of them being here. Whatever happened to kids being scared of their friends mothers and not making a mess? When did that go out of fashion? So this year I’ve plumped for the local soft play place who do everything entertainment, invitations, food, balloons and party bags, all I have to do is turn up with a cake and the birthday girl for £10 a head – bargain!
However of course there is a catch, I’m happy with Miss L inviting 10-12 children and she wants to invite 20 of her closest friends. Two of the spots are taken up with her best friend from out of school and his little sister and that’s non negotiable, which leaves 8-10 spots for school friends. I’m of the opinion that she should invite close friends and then if there’s space children who’ve invited her to parties in the last 3 months. But she wants to invite her whole class plus some kids from other classes. There aren’t many kids in her class and it doesn’t seem to be the rule that you have to invite everyone in the class, but there is no way we can afford to do that. Bless her she’s pretty good at getting that normally but seems to be having bit of a blind spot when it involves her party!
What do you do for parties? How do you decide who’s invited?