I could use some advice.
Baby J's third birthday is fast approaching. I KNOW. At any rate, this birthday gets a larger party than normal, because we will cut his hair for the first time.
When we did this for D., we had a lovely party -- we invited about 20 families, had a barbecue at our house, and generally kept the focus off D., because he couldn't have handled being the center of attention with so many people around.
We will likely do something similar for Baby J. We sent out lovely printed invitations for D's party, and we did, against all our good upbringing, state "No gifts please." This was only moderately useful, because a lot of people flat out ignored it and brought gifts.
Internet, my children are so, so fortunate and they have a lot of crap already. I cannot in good conscience invite all the people I want to invite if they are going to bring gifts.
The immediate and obvious thing that came to mind was to suggest that in lieu of gifts, people donate to the Sotos Syndrome Support Association. But, I feel this is unfair to Baby J. in that it YET AGAIN puts him in D's shadow.
What do you think, Internet? Should I just resign myself to cramming even more toys into our playroom? Should I suggest that people donate to the charity of their choice? Should I state that all gifts will be donated to Charity X?
Friday, August 22, 2008
Posted by WriterGrrl at 5:59 PM