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Kids Birthday Party on 27th?

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Nix01 Tue 15-Oct-13 12:47:39

My poor child's birthday is on 27th December. This year, I'm considering having his party on his actual birthday....

Just to get a general idea, would you be too busy with post Xmas celebrations to attend or do you think it would be a good idea?

wonderingsoul Tue 15-Oct-13 12:51:44

i have no idea.. as ds2 birthday is the 28th and i worry about it as people will be busy with family..or away.. i was toying with the idea of having a party in january, when they go back to school....

unless your are only going to invite close family and friends kids?

WaitMonkey Tue 15-Oct-13 13:06:04

Unless it is a very close friend, I probably wouldn't bother. By the 27th my dc are normally exhausted after non stop Christmas excitement. I also like to keep those day's after Christmas for relaxing and quiet family time, but that's me being selfish. I'd do it in January, when back in school. Shame for your ds though.

MmmmWhiteWine Tue 15-Oct-13 13:12:21

27th wouldnt be ideal for us for a party to be honest as we're normally chockablock between Xmas and ny meeting up with friends, relations etc. Sorry - must be a nightmare time to have a birthday!

iloveholidays Tue 15-Oct-13 13:22:06

we'll come grin

I would go, we are very busy over Christmas but think it would be good for the kids to have some "normal" play time too and only a couple of hours?

ShatnersBassoon Tue 15-Oct-13 13:29:10

I've taken the children to birthday parties on Boxing Day a few times. It's actually been very nice, a good incentive to get out of the house.

Nix01 Tue 15-Oct-13 13:38:53

Thanks all. I'm still undecided! It would be a combination of real friends and school friends.

I was wondering if the mum's wouldn't be glad for the children to be out for a few hours to get some things done at home?

5madthings Tue 15-Oct-13 13:42:51

I would be quite happy to go to a party on the 27th, partly as dp works over Xmas but lots of people take leave and go away and visit family etc.

I have this issue as ds3's bday is 23rd Dec. This year he is having his party the Sundays before his bday.

I checked with friends that they would be around and the date was OK.

LaTrucha Tue 15-Oct-13 13:49:23

I don't think people would come. DD's birthday is on the first of January. The year we sent invitations at the break up of school only a handful of children came. When we had it later and handed them out at the beginning of term we had loads.

Dd is utterly confused by it, but does tell everyone that she has two birthdays, like the queen. smile

Tobagostreet Tue 15-Oct-13 13:54:39

If it was a school friend, sorry, I'd struggle to motivate myself to take my kids to a party on the 27th hmm. They'd just be calming down after the festivities, food and obscene amounts of presents of Christmas, so I'd duck out of going.

If it was a family member or very close friends' child, I'd suck it up and take them (reluctantly).

Slimchance Tue 15-Oct-13 13:55:00

I think you'll find loads of people are away on the 27th (but a quieter party might be nice - and it makes sense to entertain when the house is already decorated etc).

However, if you are the kind of person who gets organised miles in advance before Christmas and your dc wouldn't mind celebrating early, then I think most mums would really, really appreciate having an afternoon to themselves in the fortnight before Christmas. [There is always so much to do: shopping, cooking, wrapping, writing cards etc - marvellous to have some child-free time to focus on it all.]

BeaLola Tue 15-Oct-13 16:12:39

As we dont go away for Christmas and family come to us I would relish the chance to escape with my DS from MIL !

I would suggest handing out invites really early though ... I have booked stuff already for DS for Christmas time. I agree with the poster who said to have it before Christmas too as Mums coulid do with a couple of hours child free to wrap presents etc.

Down the years maybe a good idea for a party would be a pantomime trip .

Coveredinweetabix Tue 15-Oct-13 16:57:32

I'd be thrilled. Last year we went to one on Sun 23rd and another on Sat 29th. On both occasions, DD was thrilled to see her friends and had a wonderful time. BUT we do Christmas at home with relatives coming to us and, other than my DC, there are no other relatives under 25, and DD is used to being in nursery 3 days a week and playing with children of her own age. Conveniently, our neighbour's granddaughter is about a week younger than DD so last year we had the granddaughter over for a couple of hours on Xmas Eve and DD went their on Boxing Day. This year, I am hoping we will do something similar as well as go to a small party on 27th for one of DD's friends whose birthday is 27th Dec and is going for a play date on morning of 31st for one of DD's friends whose birthday is that day. The NYE birthday girl is having a proper party the following week. Between Xmas and NY I'll meet an NCT friend at soft play as her in laws are coming to stay for a week and DP will have to work at some point.

OldRoan Tue 15-Oct-13 19:03:56

My DSis has her birthday just after Christmas. My parents let her choose an unofficial birthday every year and we had her party then - generally she went for Easter holidays, but as she got older it got later in the year until eventually she had the 'end of school year' party.

Is your DS old enough to wait that long? I think it was quite a good compromise in the long run, but a long time to wait for a small child.

NannyPlumForPM Tue 15-Oct-13 20:13:28

I probably wouldn't go sorry, IMHO I would be wrapped up with family and visiting etc

WaitingForMe Tue 15-Oct-13 20:27:51

We wouldn't/couldn't do it. Can't imagine many step families that could.

cherrytomato40 Tue 15-Oct-13 20:31:05

The thing is a lot of people will either be away or have family visiting. We are usually away for christmas.

I'd do it in Jan instead, something to look forward to and noone will have any plans!

RhondaJean Tue 15-Oct-13 22:10:00

My daughters birthday is the same day.

She's never had a party on the day and she's 14 this year. Usually we would have a party on the 27th January - people have another wage by then and all teh festivities are over so it's nice for the kids. As she's got older she's had a couple of friends to stay on the day though.

I would never have her party on that day, I don't think it's fair on anyone.

chirpchirp Tue 15-Oct-13 23:14:14

I wouldn't have a problem with it but understand why you're undecided. One of my friend's DS was born on Christmas Eve and they celebrate his half birthday with a big garden party on 24th June.

ceeveebee Tue 15-Oct-13 23:22:23

My DF has a DD whose birthday is Xmas eve. She had a party last year on her 5th birthday and it was very well attended as she didn't expect the parents to stay so they all dropped off and did their last minute shopping! Is 27thvthr first day of the sales?

lade Tue 15-Oct-13 23:29:55

My DD has a friend in her class whose birthday is on the 27th. I believe he usually invites the whole class to his party, and a good number go.

Unfortunately, we often cannot go as the 27th is my DHs birthday, so we're often busy that day.

But when they've been invited to other parties during that week, I usually jump at the opportunity, as usually by then the children are starting to get a bit of cabin fever and I enjoy the break from them.

RhondaJean Tue 15-Oct-13 23:35:56

Not in Scotland ceevee, we start on boxing day.

Nix01 Wed 16-Oct-13 09:33:23

He's never had a proper party on his actual birthday before. We usually have the parties in early December, but I REALLY want this year to be special for him (we've just moved so still in the getting to know people phase).

I wonder if I should try it just this once, if it doesn't work out at least there's enough neighbours and friends around to make it special?

TwoStepsBeyond Wed 16-Oct-13 09:36:02

I think too many people will be busy with family stuff on that day, so if you want him to have as many of his friends there as possible then make it another day. He can still have a special family celebration on his birthday.

If you made it before Xmas, especially during the day at the weekend, you'd get more people coming as their parents would welcome a couple of hours to get some preparations done!

BeaWheesht Wed 16-Oct-13 09:46:59

We would be busy. Ds turns 7 on 23/12 so I feel your pain!

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