Join Date: May 2005
Location: Newport News, VA, USA
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My son is turning 6 at the end of the month and we will be having his birthday party the first weekend of may. I have got to get the invitations out but have been having a hard time figuring out how to word them. He is inviting 5 kids - two are 4.5, one is 6 and I think the other two are 8. Because of the wide age range, I expect some parents to want to stay and some to be fine with just dropping their kid(s) off. I'd like to put something in the invite about it being ok for the parents to come, but also that they aren't excpected to stay if they're fine leaving. My ds also wants it to be a sleepover, and I don't think the younger kids will stay for that. What I'm thinking of writing is
Parents and siblings are welcome, but not expected. Please let me know if you will be joining your child(ren).
Parents and siblings are welcome, but not expected. Please let me know your head count before the party.
Does that sound rude? Which one is better? Any better ideas? I really don't want all the parents showing up, we don't have room for that...so I don't want anyone to feel obligated, but I also don't want anyone to feel like they are expected to leave their kid. Would required be better than expected?
ok, the other thing I need help with - time. I'd like to have it on a friday or saturday evening. I am really stressing about having people in my house (let's just say I'm not a great housekeeper), and not having to plan and cook dinner would help relieve that a little. When is the earliest I can plan a child's bday party without needing to serve dinner? If it started at 6 dinner would be expected, right? I'd like it if there was daylight for playing outside...but then I think I'll need to serve dinner. If I start the party at 7 I worry about it going too late for the younger kids (they both live kinda far away and one of them has a 1 yo brither who would probably come with mom)...I know I'm worrying way too much about this, lol.
Thanks if you read the whole thing and can give me your opinion...be honest!
Genie, mama to T (4/02), I (10/04) and T (7/09)