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    Dss has a party with school friends, then cake with the family.
    Ds and dd will be having parties with both family and friends until they go to kinder and make their own school friends. Our close friends that are invited know how crazy both our families are and know to ignore them or call them out if they're being rude. If the family try to take over da and dd I just remove the child and hand them to someone else. Dh and I just mingle as we please.

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    We just have one big party and everyone has to just deal.

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    Just offering another perspective here... If you hold a small party on the weekend for friends and don't invite your rellies be prepared for them to be offended. IMO a small cake at a regular weekly family dinner does not come close to compensation for being left off the invite list for your grandchilds first birthday party.

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    I think one big party where you dont nominate certain invitees over others is favourable for a first birthday. I am sure each and every family member and friend is thinking of an invite. It is more about fostering your child's ongoing relationship with each of them, than your perceived views about different 'factions'. I would embrace an all-inclusive event for a first birthday. Its a big milestone for everyone invested in your child. I would put a 2hr time frame on it. Thats a great idea.

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    Lets be honest... a child's first birthday is all about the parents anyway! The 12 month old baby doesn't REALLY 'care' about who is or isn't at their birthday party. We had only close family at all of our babies first birthdays, & we only did the big party thing when the child was old enough to want that. I say do what you feel is right for you.... but be prepared to have people feeling offended if they aren't invited to a big party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia&Hannah View Post
    We just have one big party and everyone has to just deal.
    Yep this is us in the main although DS did get to go bowling with 4 of his mates separate to a family function but I'm finding now he is older the "party in the park" doesn't always suit so we did change but generally it's one function with everyone together done and dusted in one hit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeeeesecake View Post
    Lets be honest... a child's first birthday is all about the parents anyway! The 12 month old baby doesn't REALLY 'care' about who is or isn't at their birthday party. We had only close family at all of our babies first birthdays, & we only did the big party thing when the child was old enough to want that. I say do what you feel is right for you.... but be prepared to have people feeling offended if they aren't invited to a big party.
    This is what I was going to say. Do what you like. If people are going to get offended by a 1st birthday then it just goes to show how immature they are!

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    I agree 1st bdays are all for the parents. Your child won't remember or care about the party, you do need to do what is best for you, but if you're to host a party and have tea/cake with up to 3 different sets of grandparents in the week surrounding the bday it might be a bit much for a 1 year old. Just a thought. I could be wrong and it might be completely worth it if the family seriously can't get along.

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