Ok so we have a venue and we have entertainment and although this proved more difficult than I thought it would be it was nothing compared to the party ettiquette we had to consider.
I hadn't even realised there was such a thing until we sat down to work out who we should invite. For background info, my son started school last year and was in a class with a boy who was bit of a trouble maker and my son was finding it difficult so when they moved up to year one they were put into seperate classes. This leads to a dilema!
We had already decided that we should invite everyone in his class, around 30 children. A few of his friends however were in the other class so do we invite the whole of that class too or just his friends? Believe it or not there was a lot of toing and froing over this! The decision has now been made and it was not either of those options in the end. His teacher gave us a list of all the names of the children in the two classes and my son just said yes or no to each name. All in all it ends up being about 40 children invited.
As I have lost blood, sweat and tears over this decision (a bit dramatic I know!) I can only hope that the invitees (or their parents) have the courtesy to let us know if they will be coming. I do have a secret weapon on this front, my husband! He can chase up the mums at pick up time and as he used to sell cars for a living he will be able to be nice about it and get a response whereas I would probably be grumpy as in my mind I shouldn't have to chase them up.
While on the subject of invites I can't believe how expensive they are! I have bought some nice paper and we are going to make our own. We will be doing our first test print tonight so best I get on with it.
If you know roughly how many children we can expect to turn up unannounced please let me know as I need to do the party boxes. More on those next time!