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My son will be 5 in February, and every year we have a party at our home for family. I get an outside bouncer, and for the most part, just a handful of kids: niece, nephews, a few friends. This year my son would like to invite the kids in his preschool class, which I think would be fun. So I am wondering how to word an invitation that invites my son's preschool classmate only, and not siblings. Quite frankly, I am not interested in entertaining small siblings of his friends, especially if they might get caught in the crossfire of 5 year olds in a bouncer. In fact, I would not even have a problem if parents want to drop their kids off and come back for them later on. I guess a few parents will most likely stay. What seems to be birthday party etiquette these days? Do parents drop off their kids and return later on? Or stay at the party? Secondly, in the past I always ordered pizza or 6 foot subs to feed my family. I can simply tell my family to eat lunch on their own before coming over, and then simply serve cake/ice cream at the party, and they will be fine with that. If I start the party later, let's say 1:00, do I have to provide lunch for the kids? Can I write "Cake& Ice cream" on the invitations? I'm looking at a possible 15-18 five year olds, which will be a huge party for us compared to the relatively smaller family only parties in the past.