With the realization that Brayden’s first birthday is just over 2 months away (**AHHH!!**) I have started planning his party. I had no idea that this would be so incredibly overwhelming, and really, it shouldn’t be. At first, my idea was to have a cookout at our house- burgers, chips, a couple side dishes, drinks, and cake. But then I started on the list of guests to invite, and there is just no way I can afford to feed EVERYONE that would come! It’s not that I don’t WANT to, I just don’t want to spend the money. So why am I feeling guilty pangs about it?
When did it become a “tradition” to feed your entire extended family plus dogs plus third cousins twice removed? Ok, I am exaggerating, but still. It is a FIRST birthday party. If you have a small amount of people, that is fine. I just don’t want to spend my entire grocery budget for a month on ONE party.
I think we will just have cake and ice cream, have it in the afternoon, before dinner time, and call it good.
In relation to this topic, I read online somewhere (I can’t remember now) that it is NOT proper etiquette to have a child open his or her presents in front of people at a birthday party. I would have to lean towards agreeing- it is time consuming, there could be duplicate gifts from family members that could cause issues, and if there are other children there, it is very distracting to them. (Again, if you have a small crowd, not as big of a deal. I am talking like 75+ people) However, I have only been to kids’ parties where this is done. How do I go about NOT having this happen at Brayden’s party without coming off harsh and ungrateful? I know there will be at LEAST 50 people, and it just seems so overwhelming, especially for a child that will only be one. Any advice or thoughts?
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