Fun In The Skies,
I doubt the low turnout has anything to do with a lack of popularity. I think it has everything to do with the parents. I think July is a tough time of year. So many people are traveling, and have so many summer activities going on. For me, with a child entering kindergarten, I feel like this is my last full summer with having my son with me full time, and I am doing the best I can to make it a fun one. That may be whats going on with families of 5 y/os everywhere. Like my son, most of my sons 5 y/o friends were pulled out of daycare for the summer so that they could enjoy them at home. They may also have older siblings to consider that makes it tough to commit to your party. Were those dates that you sent out the paper invites the end of school year? Maybe they were lost in the shuffle of the end of the school year, where parents arent checking backpacks daily, and papers may still be sitting in them.
Im not sure Id send any follow up emails, but maybe a few social calls to cherished friends whom you havent heard from, and during the conversation casually ask if theyre coming.
In my experience, my 5 y/o DS is thrilled with a friend or two at his parties. I dont think theyre at the age to count friends yet.
If you got a zero turnout, you could just have a great family party now, and tell your DS that he is so lucky, he gets to have a second bday party in the fall when everyone is back from vacations. I would keep that one quiet until you have a good turnout, if youre concerned.
As for your 1 y/o, I found that people were alot less excited about my second childs celebrations. Sad, but true.
Im sure you will still have great birthdays. Its your time to celebrate too, as they grow up! I think some of our best parties have been just family and close friends.
|This message has been edited by Pinkdandelion on Jul 4, 2012 2:53 PM|