Wondering if anyone has any suggestions, or BTDT or "I wish I had..." stories? My son will be 3 next month. He has mild, high-functioning ASD. He's never loved crowds, especially indoors. He doesn't tend to do well when peers come to our house because he feels like they're taking his toys. A couple of months ago he went to Chuck E Cheese with daycare and, to my great surprise and delight, LOVED it. So I thought about doing a small party for him there. But the day they went it was empty, and the party needs to be on a weekend, so there'd be crowds. Last year we had one adult friend come over and join us for cake, and he'd probably be perfectly happy to do that again. But he's been to a number of birthday parties recently and I'd like to find a way we can reciprocate, and gently begin to make birthday customs comfortable for him. If his birthday was in the summer, I'd bring cake to a playground and invite a bunch of friends, and I think he'd do great, but he's a winter baby.
Thanks for your thoughts!