Birthday Parties

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Birthday Parties
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Thu, 03-15-2012 - 11:46am

I just read an article about how kids' birthday parties seem to be getting bigger every year, and was curious what you all thought about it.

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Mon, 03-19-2012 - 9:55am
Totally agree that it's easier to do it somewhere other than your house when you do have a bigger party. It's a lot less stressful when you don't have to get your house ready, on top of having to clean it up afterwards.

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Mon, 03-19-2012 - 9:54am
Isn't that frustrating? It makes it so hard to plan when people don't RSVP, or do and then don't show up. Grade school seems to have worse attendance than the preschool parties that we've been to.

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Sat, 03-17-2012 - 11:16am
We do big parties at party type places for preschool birthdays. I don't actually expect gifts, but I think it is nice for all kids to be invited and no one left out. Our house however is not big enough to hold more then about 2 additional kids, so even if we were doing a small party we would end up doing it somewhere. It is actually easier to have it at a place and honestly it isn't that much more expensive either, then hosting that size party at home when you add up the work and such you put in.

That being said we don't open presents at the party and sometimes we don't even open all the presents that day or all at once. We also don't start real birthday parties until the 3rd birthday and I really am not sure what we will do after preschool is over, I know that 6th birthdays are a trip somewhere with just Mommy, but not sure what we will do in later years, though the parties will probably end up being much smaller as they end up with specific friends or want to do only girl or boy parties.



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Sat, 03-17-2012 - 9:16am

Between birthdays 1 and 5, we'll be doing just family get togethers at our home. When he starts school, we'll invite a few of his friends over for a party but again keeping it pretty simple and low key.

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Fri, 03-16-2012 - 9:12pm

Since our family is all out of town we celebrate David's at Thanksgiving. One with my mom and aunt and uncle and the other with my dad and my brother. My parents are divorced so we have to do two. Then on his real birthday we just have a small cake and just us. His first year we had a party with our babysitter and a few of the mom's I met but this past year I couldn't get anyone to come so I said screw it. I decided to put off the kid parties until he's in school.

David Nicholas 12/5/09
Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13

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Fri, 03-16-2012 - 8:44pm
First Simon's first we took a few friends out for dinner. As in Simon's Godparents and a close set of a friends while a child that we knew. This year since we have moved back to my home town we invited more people. However, its more of a get together. We had tail gate food since we did a football themed party. Watch the play offs and just had a nice get together. The adults talked and the kids played. Nothing big.

When I was growing up most of ours were smaller things. Once in a while we were do something like renting the pool or going bowling. Most of the time it was something at home such as a BBQ or sleep over.

 Cassie 

     

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Thu, 03-15-2012 - 10:39pm
They are small. I've invited to a lot of people to Zaydren's but I bet less than 10 will show if that. I've learned to not count on anyone.

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