Am I the only one who never gets enough kids to come to have a decent sized party? Geez I WISH my problem was figuring out what to do with a pile of presents from a ton of people. I'm lucky if i can get three people to come for the kids birthday....
Cloaks are an awesome idea!!!!
Susan - birthday parties for the kiddos are such a "thing" here. We just got another invite from one of T's classmates yesterday - not because we are close with that family but just because everyone invites the whole class. In the past I made sure that we went to all of them out of some sort of idea that it was "good for" T to socialize with his classmates outside of class, which seems to be the prevailing attitude since most of the other kids seem to go to all of the parties as well. I swear though, I don't know if it's the pregnancy or what, but I'm getting a lot grumpier about the whole thing these days.
The cloaks are actually turning out to be a lot of fun to make. I am just doing a simple draw string top with elastic for the tie so they can put them on themselves. I don't even have to hem some of them due to the types of fabric. I have all different kinds of faux velvet and satins so they are pretty fancy. And I think I have spent all of $14 so far on supplies. So cool and so cheap!
OMG Fuschia, that sounds like such a great idea! Maybe for a party craft you could let the kids go crazy with fabric marker and/or glitter glue to personalize their cloak? A couple of years ago Tiven wanted a "princess cape" to go along with her princess themed party so I passed that idea on to my mom. Sadly, my mom's interpretation of it was a cape with a 2-foot train, which tied around her body with a 6-foot long sash.
I spent so much on Jace's birthday party last year and only 2 friends showed up :( Luckily, they were his best friends but it really made me sad for my money. No more big parties... The more intimate ones with kids he really is good friends with, make more of a memory. He was able to play with both of them and talk to both of them equally.
I loathe goodie bags and I am not against gifts, but I don't buy them anymore... I buy gift cards now :) He and his friends are at the age where they can take their $10 or $15 gift card and choose something they like.
We have had a few bad years when very few kid come but other times we have more. Depends on the timing. Since Juliet's birthday is in late August we learned to have her party in September. Nathaniel's is usually okay but we had to bump it due to storm chaos and now it's on Thanksgiving weekend so it won't be a huge turnout. He is prepared for it.