I'm not sure if I should have a big giant family birthday party for my toddler or have just a toddler girl party?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/21/2015

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It's what you WANT to do, not what everyone feels you SHOULD do.

That being said, what will make you and your LO happy?

Chana - posted on 04/21/2015

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We did big party for my oldest 1st birthday but she was the first baby in the family for about 10 years so everyone was excited and expected it. After that we have done very small family parties for both girls, ages 4 and 2 1/2. They aren't in daycare so really have no friends their age but I am sure when my oldest starts Pre-K in the fall we will be doing kid parties. You could do a kid party and a small family party for immediate family if you feel like you need to include both. I am thinking that is probably what we will end up doing in the near future. Just a suggestion but you have to do what is right for your family and what fits into your budget.

Trisha - posted on 04/21/2015

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My family is really close. It is expected for us to do a birthday where all the family come for dinner and cake, but then my mom always did small birthday parties with our friends from school (playschool) too.

Laura - posted on 04/21/2015

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I would do something small but that's just who I am. I'm not a big party kind of person (my wedding was small also!)

Gena - posted on 04/20/2015

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Whatever is best for you! If you want a giant family party then do it. If not then don't. I personally stopped inviting the whole family and did a kids only party. I found this alot easier and way more fun. The reason I stopped inviting the family was because they sometimes didn't want to leave. I bought kids party cups but ended up having to serve coffee for the grownups and I also didn't like having to try entertain them.Now I just invite close family (grandparents,godparents)

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/21/2015

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Reema, it's easy for them to be 'insulted' because they weren't invited...and they seem to forget that they are not footing the bill!

If my family wanted a huge blowout for the kids' birthdays, my family knew they were more than welcome to contribute whatever financial help towards that...but if they didn't want to help pay, we did the party my way...simple with what the KID wanted...not my family.

You just very nicely point out that a huge party wasn't what you had in mind, but that anyone is welcome to stop by to wish her a happy day!

Reema - posted on 04/21/2015

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I had a small easter party for her and little friends her age. And still my family is asking why they didnt get invited or they where waiting to be invited..so idk how that made me feel but maybe for her birthday all the family?!?

Jodi - posted on 04/20/2015

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Who cares what you "should" do? Do what you WANT to do. As long as your daughter has a great day, does it really matter?

I only had small, low key parties for my kids at this age, with just their friends and fun. But each to their own.

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