Annika's birthday is still 2 months away, but since she's been at 2 birthday parties in the past 2 weeks, I've got birthday on the brain lately.
I've decided to do her party at home this year (am I crazy?? probably - seems like no one does home parties anymore), but I'm feeling a little conflicted over the guest list. In the past we've intentionally kept the kids' birthday parties small, and it hasn't been too much of a problem since they really didn't have a large group of friends (at least not all from one place). It was no problem to just invite 4 or 5 kids. However, now with Annika being in kindergarten things are a little different. There are 11 girls in Annika's class, including Annika. There are about 5 that are "good friends" that she's already said that she wants to invite (she also has birthday on the brain, but that's more of a year-round thing). So, do I just go with the 5 girls that she wants to invite (and be thankful that she doesn't want a large party), or do we invite all the girls? I shudder at the idea of having 12 kids (including Emmett) running around our house, but part of me doesn't want to exclude anyone. One of the parties that Annika was invited to recently was a "not-so-good" friend, and Annika was absolutely over the moon that she had received an invite. She went and had a blast, and who knows, maybe made some connections that she wouldn't have otherwise. And maybe that's the case with some of the other girls in the class - maybe they would love an invitation, love to be included. Maybe it would be the start of a new friendship. Even though Annika already has her few good friends and her "best friend", I think that it's still quite early in their lives to be making friends, and friendship groups are more fluid at this point (than say, in a few years from now, when cliques become more solid).
So, I'm torn. Do I only invite a few? Do I invite them all? (and cross my fingers that at least several won't be able to make it?). What's your experience with birthday parties? I'd love to hear some stories - what you've done in the past or what you would do in this situation. And if you could please leave your comment here, instead of on my Facebook link, that would be great (just so I have them all together in one spot). If you don't have an account to log in, you can leave an "anonymous" comment (although I'd appreciate if you at least left your first name at the end of your comment). Thanks!!