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birthday parties?

J - posted on 01/13/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi! My daughter was born on the 3rd. She is having a mainly family b-day party, but have invited 5 kids. I'm feeling a little guilty, because she knows alot of kids that I didn't invite, yet on the other hand, don't want to have a 'zoo' of chaos in my house. Any thoughts appreciated!

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Colleen - posted on 03/09/2009

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Hi Ladies! Don't feel bad about not inviting a whole bunch of the birthday kid's friends from school...especially if you've got family coming over. We did just that for my 5 y.o.'s birthday last month. Had just the cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents and closest family friends and it was plenty. Not a single school buddy and she didn't even miss them! It's probably the last time to celebrate with family because once the kids hit elementary school, it'll be 'friends only' parties from then on and they'll be suggesting who to invite and what the theme will be. Celebrate that the birthday kid is "half a decade old" because the next 5 years will just fly by!

J - posted on 01/17/2009

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I agree. I have decided to stick with 5. It seems more manageable, esp. since we will have family there, too. Thanks for your responses! I can't believe 5 years have passed this quickly!

Melanie - posted on 01/17/2009

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i allow my daughter to invite the same amount of friends as years she will be. like this year, she will get 5, next 6 and so on. i heard of someone that did that and she said that when they were seniors in hs, they had a "party" at the house..more like a sleep over for the weekend. they had movies and stuff. i most likely will change it once she gets bigger for space reasons, but it works right now. i think when she turns 10, then it will either be half of her age, or the same amount of kids that match the grade she is in. does that make sense? anyway, 5 is good for a 5th birthday. what do you other mothers do??

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I am in the same boat, Kiera's bday is the 21st, she is in pre-k and I'm involved in a mom's group also, so do I invite them all?  only the school kids? the mom's group kids? only family because we also are a large group? DH says just to invite family because its too much with any more added to it.  (I havent decided though)  I also am interested responses.

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At this age we don't do  big parties either. 5 friends is deinatley the max! If they are overwhelmed they don't enjoy their day as much I find too. 



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