So, I am the first to admit i go completely OTT with my kids parties. I am lucky in that i have free access to a location with a function hall and I often have them in their as it is convenient and air-conditioned. I also use a distributers website where you can get things really, really cheap - I used to order stuff off it for a market stall - I get lots of cool things to decorate with and for the party bags and it costs me next to nothing. I also make great cakes as i love cake decorating. Anyway - today DD told me her friend said her mum said she can't come to DD party as they are 'too fancy''?? This girl has never been to any her birthdays before and I have not sent out invites for this year yet meaning this Mum can only have heard it from another Mum at school..and I am so not happy about this! Why would someone say that? I also do it because my Mum is an alcoholic and was usually drunk at my parties - so I always say not only are they going to have a fantastic birthday party they are not going to worry I am passed out drunk when all the guests are showing up! Sorry Vent over - but this has really ****ed me off for some reason!