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    Default Birthday parties for children ...... every year!

    I started down the path of parties every year but then realised pretty quickly that I felt guilty at people buying presents (they get so much!!) and DS1 felt overwhelmed and meltdowns would begin.

    My DS2 is also very anxious and hides behind me when too much attention is put on him. He's great with close friends though. It's his birthday this week so we are just going to a water park having hot chip sangas for dinner and a cake afterwards. We've only invited his best friend's family with 4 children.

    DS1 last year had a laser tag party with 3 friends and maccas for lunch. The year before he had two mates come for a sleepover. To be honest he enjoys the smaller gatherings much more as really he's not actually 'friends' with everyone in his class.

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    Wow. I never thought of my children's parties as irritating to others. If they find it irritating then I hope they don't come we had parties every year growing up, they are special and we still talk about some of them as a family. I love doing parties for my kids and will certainly be doing one every year until they don't want them anymore. Birthdays are special and a year is a long time when you are little.

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    I don't find it annoying at all, however I do find it extremely stressful for us. We don't have $100's each year to spend on multiple presents for the kids friends for their birthdays. So we have to decline a lot. I'd love to go and celebrate but could never not bring a present. And yep even if we do go we don't spend a lot but seriously 3 kids... the parties add up quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MillieMollyMandy View Post
    Wow. I never thought of my children's parties as irritating to others. If they find it irritating then I hope they don't come we had parties every year growing up, they are special and we still talk about some of them as a family. I love doing parties for my kids and will certainly be doing one every year until they don't want them anymore. Birthdays are special and a year is a long time when you are little.
    This.

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    My son is nearly 5. He knows which friends have had birthdays and who is to come. Im not sure how he would tell his friends he had his birthday but they weren't invited if we were to do a small family birthday. He loves them so much and loves going to his friends birthdays. If you have small birthdays and big birthdays on alternate years how do your kids find this in a school situation? Just genuinely curious.

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    I don't do parties every year.
    I did a big one when they were 1 yo but that was just family and close friends and more a celebration that we survived the first year.
    Next is/will be when kids are 5yo.
    After that will be small parties where they can choose approx 5 friends.

    If the kids get invited to parties we go to all of them unless it clashes with something else we have committed to. My kids don't have play dates so it's the only time when I get to meet other parents and kids.

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    We started off saying we would do one every second year, but so far on every 'off' year we have also done something small. Like last year he wasn't supposed to have a party but we did have 5 of his good friends over to have a big Nerf gun fight, and I included cake and little party bags... So I guess it was a party

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilypily View Post
    My son is nearly 5. He knows which friends have had birthdays and who is to come. Im not sure how he would tell his friends he had his birthday but they weren't invited if we were to do a small family birthday. He loves them so much and loves going to his friends birthdays. If you have small birthdays and big birthdays on alternate years how do your kids find this in a school situation? Just genuinely curious.
    DS is only 4 but I don't see the difficulty in him saying - I'm not having a party this year. I'm going out for dinner with my family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MillieMollyMandy View Post
    Wow. I never thought of my children's parties as irritating to others. If they find it irritating then I hope they don't come we had parties every year growing up, they are special and we still talk about some of them as a family. I love doing parties for my kids and will certainly be doing one every year until they don't want them anymore. Birthdays are special and a year is a long time when you are little.
    This.

    We've always had parties for our girls at home. It's fun, I enjoy catering and they become memories for the kids. Last year I hosted my 3&5yo bday parties whilst DH was away and I was 24&34 ish weeks pregnant. We had 40&60 people at them respectively.

    Totally not fussed if people don't come as long as they say they aren't coming. But if they just don't show or don't RSVP I get cranky.

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    Honestly it drives me nuts.

    The kids' mum organises a party every year for DSD but just does something small for DSS. It really bugs us that she does this.

    DSD's birthday is this weekend, she has a party organised for Sat, and her mum has organised for me, H, her, and the two kids to go out to dinner on the Friday (her actual birthday) too.
    DSS's was two months ago and he had two friends over to his house for a playdate- she wouldn't even get a cake for him!


 
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