I am planning a birthday party for my son. So far I have invited only family members. Should I include family friends with children the same age as my son? Or at 2 should I keep the guest list to a minimum?

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Becky - posted on 09/20/2009

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last year we had a family party with just one of my daughter gorgias friends and there were so many adults the girls could hardly move, this year we have decided to make it about her and her friends. family have been invited round on her actual birthday to see her open her presents and blow out candles on her cake, then four of her friends are comming round the next day with there parents for a tea party, as she's only 2 it will just be running around the lounge we'l put the bubble machine on, play one game of pass the parcel and have music and food,

Lyndsay - posted on 09/13/2009

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I recently had my son's birthday party. Other than his cousins (5 months and 10 months), there was one other kid who's about his age. It went fabulously, I couldn't have asked for a better day. He really enjoyed himself and, being an only child, I think it was good for him to have some friends over.

Erin - posted on 09/11/2009

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We invited some friends to ours. Not sure if it will get too crazy and hoping it doesn't rain so we can be outside. If all come - there will be 5 - 2 year olds, and then one each aged 1, 4, 6. And then with my daughter's cousins that is 3 more - aged 3, 7, and 11. We really have no choice but to do it this way because otherwise we would have to have separate parties and I think that would be more work.

Valerie - posted on 09/07/2009

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Michelle,

Today is Lily & Patrick's 2nd birthday. I debated on whether to have just a small family party (just us and Grandma & Grandpa visiting from out of town) or to invite a few friends as well.



In the end, I decided just a small family party. There were no meltdowns, they got to open and play with their presents (in their own time), we didn't have to rush, they got to have fun eating their cake (or should I say wearing). It was pretty cool. And I got to enjoy it.



Now, with twins, even a 'small party' will end up being a big party if you know what I mean. By next year, they will have a good core group of friends and they will be more interested in playing 'organized games'.

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