That was one busy weekend.
Three birthday parties to attend, although thankfully one for each child and not all at the same time, otherwise that would have caused more problems.
You would think that having six children I would have got this whole birthday party etiquette down to a tee by now:
- RSVP sent – √
- Bought present – √
- Wrapped present – √
- Written card – √
- Fancy dress sorted (if applicable) – √
My problem is what to do with my ‘extra’ children.
It is no problem if my husband or teen are at home as they can look after the children not invited, but both work weekends. This means I have to take all three with me.
Isaac is not a problem, at almost 9 he is perfectly fine to be dropped off at the beginning and collected at the end of the party. Eliza (6) is a bit hit and miss – sometimes she is happy to be left but other times she wants me to stay.
Then there is Sebby (3). Now he is at Nursery he has started to get invited to parties and is too little to be left so I have to stay. The trouble is, I have to take Eliza and Isaac along too and it always feels a bit awkward.
Now, I have to say, everyone has always been more than accommodating and have a ‘more the merrier’ type attitude. Soft play parties are no problem as they rush off on their own anyway, but at village hall type parties, I have tried to take the iPads to keep the older ones distracted at the sides.
The trouble is, my party loving diva always ends up joining in (and trying to take over) and my King of the party games, Isaac, cannot resist the chance to win at musical statues.
Having lots of kids myself, when I arrange a party I expect and positively encourage siblings to stay. I normally over-cater on food anyway and only thing they won’t get is a party bag, unless we have any no-shows. However, this year Eliza had a craft party which had strict numbers and it threw me when someone who had not RSVP’d arrived. Thankfully we had a spare craft set just in case, but it has made me feel awkward when I turn up with three children and not just one.
So, what do you do?
Do you check it is ok in advance to bring the extras?
Do you try to keep the older ones away from the fun or do you just let everyone join in as kids having fun is just what a party should be?
Let me know what you think in the comments………