We’re in full-scale planning mode for E’s 3rd birthday in a couple weeks (I can’t believe she’s almost 3, but I’ll save that angst for a future post).
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed my near-frantic searching in recent weeks for any and all things related to a pirate birthday party — for girls! It’s a little hard to find pirate party supplies, invites, etc. that aren’t so boy-centric or designed for wenches. No, not the pirate kind. The slutty kind.
We’re not exactly sure why, but starting this past summer, E. demanded insisted that she wanted a pirate birthday party (too many times watching Peter Pan?). We kept expecting her to get over it, but she’s stuck to her swords. So a pirate’s life for us.
After much searching, I found some super cute invites on Etsy:
Don’t get excited by the name Ella. That’s not our E. — it’s just the sample from Cuties TyeDye Boutique. Don’t believe me? Check for yourself.
It’s a little pink for my taste but it’s far better than anything else we found. Besides, she kinda looks like our pirate girl, huh?
The invites were sent out this week. Check. We invited just close friends and family. Those close friends include six kids around E’s age. But today we got our first RSVP and it’s not good. Her main man K can’t come! Oh nooooo! Look at these two. How can we have a party without K?
So now we’re start to panic a bit. And we’re debating inviting kids from her preschool. So here’s where I need your help. E. has 16 other kids in her class. I know not all of them would come, but the planner in me worries that they would all show up. And our house just isn’t big enough to handle that many kids and parents.
Do we need to invite none or all? Are they too young to know if they were or weren’t invited to a party? Parents would know though, right? It’s not that I want to leave anyone out for any specific reason. But I know in her class that she primarily plays with five or six kids, the ones closest to her age. I’ve thought about just inviting the girls, but she plays a lot with two boys in particular.
E. has been invited to two classmates’ birthday parties so far, and I’m not sure how their parents handled it because unfortunately we weren’t able to attend either. But one was held at a house and another at Gymboree, so I have a feeling the first only invited a few kids and the second invited everyone. But I don’t know for sure. Should I email the first mom and ask her? Is that weird?
I’m just struggling with what we should do about this. If we’re going to invite all the other kids, I really need to do it next week since the party is only three weeks away at this point.
Thoughts? Experiences? Should we just forget about inviting her classmates (even though she spends four days a week with them and seems to really have fun playing with them) and hope that a couple of our friends can come? Or should we just throw caution into the wind and invite all 16?