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Birthdays!! I threw a big one for my sons 1st and 2nd birthdays. It’s now his 3rd and I’m thinking of leaving the parties until he is in school and has a group of friends. What is everyone’s opinion? We are having a little get together for his bithday but just family and close friends. I guess I just feel I have let him down if he doesn’t have heaps of kids to play with and things to do….

Posted by jellykrystals, 11th February 2014

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  • I would leave them out till he is older…

  • does your son have a special item that he loves, like a thomas tank train, or chuggington train , or some matchbox cars, or an stuffed toy. Why not just build a small party around his own things that he likes, decorate an area, with train , or matchbox cars, or a zoo with all sorts of stuffed animals, this way he knows that it is being done for him alone, and it will help you. You could invite just a few friends along that he knows and has some contact with. The table could be a white sheet, or anything else, with some of the items copied taken off the computer and put on the t ables, or even fisit an op zshop if there is one close by to get some books to cut up if needed.. Once a few balloons are tied to chairs backs, and little party bags perhaps with names on are put on the table, it alters the concept and makes it more personal. One year we gave our son all the football team he was with when he was about 7, and he still remembers it…Take a few photos and start off an album with them so that later on in life he can look back and jog his memory.. Or make it a small pirate set u p , and dress him as a pirate, op shop has all sorts of kits for children. and with bags of gold coins as the party take home all sorts could bring to you r mind and you r other half perhaps as well..

  • We have always had a family birthday for both my kids now aged 3 and 6 – some years it’s only family and then others it is friends and family. There seems to be a big shift to trying to out do each other in the birthday party stakes. I personally prefer doing something special with them knowing that they are going to remember each birthday for the special thing that was done/made rather than all the parties becoming a memory blur – I’m sure whatever you decide your little one will enjoy it as it will be with family

  • You wont be letting him down at all. We have family only parties until our children reach school age here mostly too. I know it’s hard when huge parties are all over Facebook, Pinterest and blogs etc, but do what suits your family, and keep in mind the older they get (especially once at school) the harder it gets to limit the number of people. I think if you keep it more low key and simple for now you will all enjoy it.

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