Hi--I'm usually on the NJ board and thought I'd post here for input on this one. My daughter will be four in the end of September. Her bday parties, to date, have been low-key events at our home, including our immediate family and godparents and their children (which winds up being 40 people). Our home is small, though we have a big backyard (which is useless b/c it always rains on our events!). I tend to like these small, home parties-we order pizza and salads or I cook and make a cake --no clowns, pony rides, etc., or rented gymnasiums, etc. I was going to do that for our daughter's fourth, too, but she keeps getting invited to childrens' parties at gyms, pottery places, etc., and now is telling me she wants to invite her entire preschool class to her bday. We're not in a financial situation that allows us to rent the kids' gymnasiums or other public party places.
Just wondering--is it a local thing to have full blown bday parties, and how best to explain to a four year old we won't be doing that for hers, but instead having just family at home?