We have parties every year for all 4 kids. I love organising the kids parties and really enjoy the day. My kids love attending birthday parties as well.
If it's that annoying don't come. I'd honestly rather invite someone who wanted to be there than someone who felt compelled.
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15-02-2016 11:49 #21
15-02-2016 11:59 #22
I find it hilarious that it annoys people to be invited to parties? We have parties every year. We will this year too, just a small one as I'll have a newborn when DS turns 3 (all the more reason for him to have a special day that's all about him).
Just say you won't go if it annoys you that much.
15-02-2016 12:08 #23
We have parties every year until about age 6/7, usually backyard parties, occasionally at a venue. After that it's every 2nd year with a dinner out/sleepover party on the "off" year.
I love parties..In my experience the first couple years are school are the craziest for parties, from Yr 3 on its much less regular. Gifts don't need to be extravagant, buy what you can afford then enjoy meeting your child's friends and their parents
15-02-2016 12:33 #24
Just want to put things into perspective - having a child invited to several parties generally shows that they are well liked by their peers. This is a good thing!
Spare a thought for children like my DS who is on the spectrum and will inevitably be that kid that others will exclude from parties because he's different and they don't 'get' him. I'm sure we'll cherish any invitations we receive
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15-02-2016 12:50 #25
I remember having more than one party with the whole class being invited. I must have been crazy, but it was fun. most of the parties have been at home, and I haven't spent a lot of money. I am sure we didn't have big parties every year, sometimes only family, sometimes only one or two friends. Just do what suits you, and your family budget. marie.
15-02-2016 13:07 #26
Birthday parties for children ...... every year!
Edit - not trying to make people feel bad for not inviting everyone but like Mod-Degrassi trying to bring some perspective 😊
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15-02-2016 13:45 #27
My DS was 6 when he had his first party.
He started Kindy that year and come August time he had been to a fair few through class mates so he was really excited to hold his own.
It was great.
But we wouldn't be doing that every year. This year he will be 8 and if he wants a party he can have one.
I have two more children who won't be getting parties until they can at least store that sh!z in their memory banks! HAHA
They're HARD work (for me anyway) and expensive.
Kindy year brought a LOT of invitations.
We went to most but I'm glad it hasn't been the norm.
Just a question in regards to expense - would anyone specify on the invitation that it's no presents but if you really feel you should bring something then $5 in a card is more than enough?
I wanted to do this for his party back then and if he wants another party I'll be considering it again.
I think it would be welcomed by most parents (might even catch on) but I don't know , is it bad taste?
15-02-2016 13:53 #28
I went to a 3 year old's birthday part where we had a 'present swap' the deal was that everyone brought a wrapped second hand book that their child no longer read (in good condition) and the presents were handed out in a 'pass the parcel' fashion- everyone got a present, no one had to spend anything! Of course the birthday girl would have received presents from family, but her kindy friends just gave (and got!) books. Everyone was happy, crass commercialism was avoided, and no one spent a cent!
15-02-2016 13:55 #29
We do parties every year. I never had them as a kid and don't want mine to miss out like I did. I, the same as someone else who responded - don't go all out $$ wise, but do effort wise. I love helping the kids choose a theme, making things for gifts/decorations/games and making the cake etc. The look of pure joy on their little faces makes me happy.
OP, If you want to decline some, do it. I don't expect people to come of its not convenient and don't expect expensive gifts. I just love their little friends to come and have fun.
15-02-2016 13:56 #30
Birthday parties for children ...... every year!
This year my kids aren't getting presents from friends. They have to pick a charity and I'm asking people to contribute to that instead.
My kids rarely get around to opening all the presents and half they never play with. I'm sick of feeling bad about it so we're going to try this for this year and see how it goes.
ETA just clarifying whole of class parties stop after preprimary. Once the kids go up through the years they just have a few friends but we still do a party.
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