My musical kids, and birthday party advice
First, the video from our visit today:
And now, some advice, please. Karen’s 5th birthday was yesterday. We promised her a party after we get settled in back home. She really wants to have a pajama party.
We want to keep it small for several reasons. From past experience, she is easily overwhelmed and her last birthday party with only about 7 kids included at least 2 tearful tantrums.
We live in a typically small Tel Aviv flat and we don’t have room to invite her entire class of 35. In fact, we don’t even have room to invite all the girls. I was originally planning to invite only her closest girlfriends from gan (5-6). But she also wants to invite some of the boys, so I was thinking we can have as many as 10 of her best friends from gan. But this means that we exclude a lot of children, and other moms have told me that this is may be seen as rude.
In addition, I would prefer to hire someone to engage the kids, perhaps with some magic tricks or other activities. One party we attended had the kids dipping cookies in melted chocolate, I like that! I would also LOVE to have a pinata, but can’t find any vendors who ship to Israel, so we may try making our own.
Karen is expecting a pajama party and a living room full of mattresses (not a sleepover, just pajama themed). Apart from that, anything goes. I’d love input and ideas. References for a “mafila” (clown or person who referees the party) would also be much appreciated.