Mum starts debate after admitting to wanting to invite only 10 kids from daughter's class to her birthday
Planning a birthday party for your little one can be stressful.
From the theme to the goodie bags, there's a lot to consider. But one mum has gone viral after sharing her birthday-themed predicament: who to invite - or to leave off the invite list.
In a letter to Slate's Care and Feeding Column, the mum shared her concerns over only inviting 10 of her daughter's close friends to the party.
She began the letter by explaining that last year, they had combined their now-six-year-old daughter's birthday with that of someone in her class - and "invited the entire pre-K and then some."
"The combined thing was great—half the price, half the planning, the birthday kids were as happy if not more so, and the attendees had one less party to schlep their kids to," she continued.
However, this year, she said that they "have neither the budget nor the desire to do even that."
"What she and we would like is a princess party in our small NYC apartment with 10 girls, no parents, the highlight of which will be a drag queen princess leading the festivities," she wrote. "But alas! What about the 35 other kids? All the boys and the girls she doesn’t consider good friends; the kids whose parties she was invited to but who won’t get an invite to hers?"
The mum added that while they have encouraged their daughter not to talk about the party in front of people (especially those hwo aren't invited), she is "bound to let it slip."
The concerned parent began to wonder if she should say something to the families who they were friendly with, but who's children her daughter didn't want to invite - and whether it would be "tackier to say something or nothing".
"Or do I have to rent out a big space, make the invite list bigger, not leave anyone out, and spend money I don’t really have for a party none of us want, just to assuage my guilt?" she asked, ending the letter.
And while letter sparked a debate amongst parents in the comments section on social media, columnist Rumaan Alam reassured the mum - and sided with her on the matter.
"I understand the importance of inviting the whole class—it’s lovely to avoid hurt feelings. But I also empathize with your predicament as a fellow New Yorker. Forget about the expense, it’s not like you can just unleash 35 kindergartners in the basement and be done with it," he wrote.
"I say you should leave the guilt aside! Give your kid the birthday you all want. Don’t feel you need to explain this to everyone not invited; adult parties don’t work that way. I’m not saying you won’t have some hurt feelings, but if they do come up, you can be honest—'We didn’t have the space or budget for a blowout party this year, I hope you and Hazel can understand.'"