My DS has no cousins (aunties and uncles yes, but they have no kids) and will be turning 3 soon. I haven't thrown a kids party before but would really like to. My dilemma is the invite list. He has 4 friends at child care that I'd like to invite (and their parents) and a couple of friends from my mothers group (the couple we still catch up with), plus our friends with kids and the aunties, uncles and grandparents. All up I think there would be around 15-20 kids ranging in age from 2-6 years, plus adults.
My concern is in relation to the child care friends. I don't know the parents other than from a casual hello as we pass at the door and I don't know how they would feel coming along to a party where the majority of guests are friends and family. We have been to one child care party in the past but it was purely for friends from child care and play group as they had a separate family party.
If I have a separate family function it means my DS is solely the centre of attention and the only child (just like any other family gathering) so its not really the special feel I'd like to create for his birthday. Plus it's more work to throw two gatherings.
What would other people do? Combined huge party - including people you don't know or a separate friends (children's party)? All advice appreciated.