My ds birthday is the week before the not to be mentioned occassion (C*******s).
Because of when it is he plans his birthday all year, as of course it all comes at once for him, and he's got nothing to distract him in the other months.
Now we have seen that our local league football club do a birthday party on any day that is a home game - prior to the match they have a kick around, then food, then watch the match, then go home. It just so happens that this year the week before christmas is a home game.
My ds would like to do it (it's max 10) so would parents of the other 9 boys be grateful to me for occupying their children on the last Saturday before the occasion that shall not be named for 5 hours, or would they feel like I was giving them the straw that broke the camels back and hate me forever?
My husbands birthday is Dec 23rd and according ro him he never had a decent party as a boy , so I would book the party ! At that time of year most parents would welcome some sort of distraction to get the kids out of the house for an afternoon .
I remember a group of 8year old boys positively vibrating with excitement at a party like this.
I would recommend sounding out the parents of invitees early on (usually I'd think this is a bit precious - but worth it as there will be a lot of stuff going on, and the greater the lead time the better the chance of making a workable plan.
My youngest has a friend with birthday just before Christmas - we have had a couple of fantastic parties - with added bonus of giving them something to look forward to other than the big day - sounds fab
GO FOR IT. Am sure if you only have space for 10 you will fill it very easily, those who are on holiday will just make space for others can you possibly take a 4 yo and a 1yo too then I can do some xmas shopping in peace