We do a family outing through the day, then grandparents, aunties, uncles etc, are invited over for cake late afternoon or dessert after dinner!
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11-02-2014 14:20 #11
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11-02-2014 14:30 #12
Ask the teachers at his daycare who he plays with and invite a couple of them to the park for a low key play date/ party. It will be the perfect opportunity to meet some other mothers/fathers in his class. I did exactly that for ds's 2nd bday. I asked his teacher to pass on invites to 3 kids in his class and then just had a small party at the park with a couple of balloons and a cake. I invited family/grandparents etc as well but that bit is optional and only do it if you want. Hopefully you will be too busy socializing and meeting the parents of the kids you invited to let them overtake the event and make it about them. You could even delegate "jobs" to them like balloons, decorations etc but if you'd rather not then just have a little get together at another date just for grandparents so they can give ds their gifts.
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11-02-2014 14:40 #13
We go out on his actual birthday but always have grandparents/ aunts/ uncles/ cousins over in the after noon or night for cake as I think its nice for them to have all the family around and sing happy birthday but then that's what always happened when we were kids so I have tons of happy memories/ photos and I want DS to experience the same
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11-02-2014 15:13 #14
I think an outing like you described is perfectly fine.
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11-02-2014 16:03 #15
Dd turns 2 next month and whilst I plan to take her to the wildlife park on her actual birthday, we are otherwise just having our parents and my brother here for cake the weekend after. No more parties for her until school
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11-02-2014 16:07 #16Senior Member
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I'd do the outing and cake for sure.
I would then have a small arvo tea to share birthday cake with grandparents.
11-02-2014 16:28 #17
My family sounds like yours - my SIL dosnt like my parents. Which is fine. But every year there is a drama over my nieces birthday. I hate it. I feel sorry for my niece - and for my kids who miss out on seeing a cousin they love. From my point of view - I'd love it if everyone could put on their happy face, share a piece of cake and let a little girl enjoy her birthday.
11-02-2014 16:33 #18
I think a zoo outing sounds great, what's wrong with wanting to spend a bit of time with just your little family.
I think invite others over for cake in the arvo would be sufficient enough.
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21-02-2014 20:31 #19
Organise family catch ups at a later date but do whatever you want on his day. I would tell them you are doing something on xx day. If they ask why not on the day of his bday tell them the two of you are arranging a special mummy/daddy day. End of story
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21-02-2014 21:09 #20
I think what you've suggested sounds perfect.
Not to be insensitive, but you are the parents, they are the grandparents. You do what you want - and more importantly what he wants - on his birthday, and if that doesn't include them, they can just give him a cake and his presents the next time they see him. It's not like he won't love having 2 birthdays.
Too bad if they don't Ike it, he's your son, you make plans to suit you, in my opinion.
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