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First birthday party etiquette

I live in a big city and am a part of a group of 10 or so women whose babies are all turning 1 in and around the same month. At best, I would say the majority of these women are acquaintances, people who it's been nice to spend time with on weekdays while on maternity leave, but who I may not see after that. The birthday party invites are starting to come out and we are being invited to many of the family parties. Problem is, for my babies birthday we intend to have a small gathering of family and a handful of very close friends and maybe a couple of the women from the group who I've become close with. Would it be appropriate to write the group and indicate that we are having a small party for family only and tell the two women I'm inviting not to mention their invites? Should I suggest to the group that we do the birthday equivalent of a Secret Santa to save us from buying 9 presents for the other babies? I should add that I am currently unemployed and a bit concerned about the expense of gifts for all of the babies. Thoughts and any suggestions to navigate this?
posted by laroodles on Feb 10, 2014 - 15 answers

Birthday cake - frosted the day before?

Tips on frosting a cake the day before its to be eaten and then transporting? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Jan 31, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me plan an outdoor scavenger hunt for five 13 year old boys

I need help planning a scavenger hunt for five 13 year old boys. I'd say they are all aspiring Metafilter members - they fit the profile! [more inside]
posted by salishsea on Oct 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Godzilla birthday party playlist - above and beyond Blue Oyster Cult!

You guys did so great with last year's Dr. Who party playlist! This year, our six year old is having a Godzilla birthday party, and we need tunes. [more inside]
posted by Wavelet on Oct 25, 2013 - 21 answers

Ideas for a 6th year old boy birthday party

For the first time this year we'll be doing the invite the whole class thing. (My kid will be in kindergarten) I am trying to avoid the spend 300 bucks at a bouncey house place and instead use a pavilion at a nice state park near us. There is a huge field there. What will keep 20 kids, that barely know each other, busy? [more inside]
posted by beccaj on Aug 13, 2013 - 23 answers

Birthday party venues in Toronto?

My 40th birthday approaches, and I'm looking for a suitable venue for a party in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Jul 10, 2013 - 10 answers

How can I stop being so anxious about birthday parties?

I don't mind getting older, but planning a birthday party for myself gives me severe anxiety. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jun 1, 2013 - 33 answers

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to

Relationship frustration, party-planning edition: Help me have a great party even though the circumstances are annoying. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by kat518 on May 28, 2013 - 76 answers

Going to a party when one of the guests is someone you can't stand?

My friend is having a birthday party and invited me. I love the guy, he's one of my good friends so was happy to go. Then I found out that he also invited one of his other friends who I cannot stand - the friend is very rude, sarcastic and condescending, and we got into a bit of a verbal spat last time we met. I am scared to death of conflict, and am debating on whether or not to go. How to cope? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2013 - 30 answers

Small town playground politics

How do I maintain social boundaries in a small community? [more inside]
posted by lakersfan1222 on Nov 16, 2012 - 28 answers

Need ideas for a Titanic-themed birthday party for an obsessed 7-year-old boy!

My Titanic-obsessed son is turning 7 in a couple months. I want to throw him a party he'll remember forever. I have the cake planned -- a friend is baking a Titanic-shaped masterpiece. For the rest, I need AskMe's help. [more inside]
posted by Professor Horatio Hufnagel on Oct 12, 2012 - 27 answers

Wow, I've finally found something that was easier to do with the twins when they were toddlers.

Help me navigate the etiquette of my twin boys' upcoming birthday party. [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Sep 24, 2012 - 19 answers

Am I right in giving "Dress Up" a dressing-down?

My wife wants our daughter to have a makeover party for her 8th birthday. Manicures, pedicures, hair-styling and all that. Am I being overly-sensitive in thinking it's a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by ColdChef on Jun 13, 2012 - 97 answers

Terrific, not Terrible, Twos Party

Help me throw a birthday party that doesn't suck for my soon-to-be-two-year-old. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Sep 28, 2011 - 22 answers

What are some fun games and activities that involves throwing colored paint at each other?

What are some fun games and activities that involve throwing colored paint at each other? [more inside]
posted by nikkorizz on Sep 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Does the kindergarten teacher come to the birthday party?

Is it appropriate to ask your child's kindergarten teacher to his birthday party? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Sep 8, 2011 - 19 answers

Thanks for coming to my party, here's a present...

Instead of crappy party favors in a plastic bag, we're giving away locally-produced t-shirts to the kids at my son's 5th birthday party. Problem: what to put on them? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Jun 20, 2011 - 26 answers

Let's Party! (But... Uh... Could you show me how first?)

Help me throw myself my first real birthday party. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2010 - 35 answers

Science tricks with eight-year olds?

Science tricks to do at an eighth birthday party? Ones we did last year: candle doesn't pop water-filled balloon; small square of celluloid holds water in overturned glass; water and oil trade places in conjoined drinking glasses; corn-starch liquid/solid; paperclip floats on water. What are other easy-but-cool favourites? [more inside]
posted by progosk on Nov 24, 2010 - 35 answers

iCarly Birthday Party ideas

How to throw an "iCarly" birthday party? [more inside]
posted by ColdChef on Jul 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Treasure hunt. No pirates allowed.

TreasureHuntFilter: looking for devilishly puzzling clues for a grown-up birthday treasure hunt. [more inside]
posted by aint broke on Mar 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Party ideas for a geeky gamer's 30th!

My husband is turning 30 next month, and because his birthday typically gets overshadowed by the holidays, I am throwing him a BIG surprise party at our house. I am trying to come up with a loose theme that I can tie into the cake/cupcakes, decorations, and some little scavenger hunt hint cards I am going to leave for him. Some of my ideas have been pretty lame, so I'm turning to the hive mind for ideas! [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Nov 12, 2009 - 9 answers

How to do a unicorn-themed party?

Unicorn party! Please help with ideas. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Aug 26, 2009 - 19 answers

Turning 30, what to do?

Help me come up with ideas for something to do to celebrate my 30th birthday. [more inside]
posted by digitaldraco on Jan 15, 2009 - 8 answers

Fun 40th Birthday Celebration Idea Including Dinner?

Chicago hive: any ideas for a 40th birthday celebration that includes dinner on a Saturday night for about a dozen people but is more fun than just doing dinner? [more inside]
posted by slo on Jul 16, 2008 - 4 answers

"How Many Five-Year Olds Could You Take On At Once" is not an option

I'm having a birthday pool party (indoor) with a group of 20 kindergarten-age kids. They'll be in the water most of the time, but they'll be in a charming little holding cell for the first part of the party. Any suggestions for an activity or craft that would work well in this situation? [more inside]
posted by bibliowench on Jan 26, 2008 - 10 answers

Birthday party suggestions for a 60 y.o.?

Surprise birthday party for my 60 y.o. mother - what can we do to keep the guests up and mingling? [more inside]
posted by imposster on Dec 11, 2007 - 10 answers

Birthday Battle: boyfriend/best friend

Dueling birthday parties: boyfriend and best friend, both on Wednesday night. Help me decide what to do! [more inside]
posted by rmless on Aug 13, 2007 - 37 answers

Birthday party location on 10/27 in Los Angeles?

Birthday party location on 10/27 in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by charlesv on Jul 5, 2007 - 3 answers

Special party for a special gal?

Planning a BirthDay event in Amsterdam? [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Jul 3, 2007 - 5 answers

How to say "please come, but pay your own way" to a party-ish event?

When is a party not a party? When it's not hosted. But how to invite people to such a (non-)event? [more inside]
posted by Dreama on Nov 25, 2006 - 17 answers

Help me give a great kids' birthday party

Who knows of any fantastic outdoor party games for a group of about 10 kids (and several grown kids) that don't need much in the way of expensive equipment? [more inside]
posted by cometwendy on Jul 10, 2006 - 17 answers

Kids Treasure Hunt Logistics?

How should I organize or structure a Treasure Hunt for eight 5/6 year olds at a birthday party? [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y on Apr 21, 2006 - 10 answers

Help me plan an awesome birthday party in Chicago.

Help me plan the most awesomest rockin' birthday party in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by geryon on Jul 25, 2005 - 10 answers

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