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Old 11-24-2012, 08:55 PM   #11
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I would add something like...

"Moms, I know you are super busy. There will be plenty of adults to be here with the small group of girls, so you can take the afternoon off!"

All the parties my daughter went to this year (she is 5) were drop off parties. It was AWESOME!!! I can't stand birthday parties where I don't know the other moms. It is just 2 hours of awkward small today. Blech!
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:11 AM   #12
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This is what I commonly see and it gets the point across... "PICK-UP TIME".

Personally, I love the it. It gives me a firm time frame to schedule around. We have 2-3 hours to play with the little one, go shopping, etc.


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For: Sara's 5th birthday

Party time:
Pick-up time: provide a 1/2 window


Also, some have listed a time for "cake", if they're inviting parents/siblings to join in the fun! HTH!
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:16 AM   #13
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We are doing this for my soon to be 5 year old. We put drop off optional on the invite. When they call to RSVP, I ask if they plan on dropping off or staying. I also ask about allergies. I will have 5 adults there to help. I don't think you can do more than that.

Do you have to provide party favors for the siblings?
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:49 PM   #14
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Re: confused about how to phrase invitations....

No very helpful advice, because I am horrible at this kind of thing. We have a group of friends, similar to yours, who have all been friends since before we had kids, and we ended up with 40 people at DS's first birthday party, that he will never even remember. I really meant for the party to be small, but it got outa control very quickly. But, as the mom of a 5 year old, I would be thrilled to drop her off and go. And not offended at all, if the little sibs weren't invited. I would also get the point, if the invitation were only addressed to one kid.
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I would do a drop off and pick up time. Only address it to the child. Mention something about enjoying some time to run errands or spending the afternoon catching up on things.
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Re: confused about how to phrase invitations....

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I would do a drop off and pick up time. Only address it to the child. Mention something about enjoying some time to run errands or spending the afternoon catching up on things.
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Re: confused about how to phrase invitations....

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I would add something like...

"Moms, I know you are super busy. There will be plenty of adults to be here with the small group of girls, so you can take the afternoon off!"
If you do something like this, I would at least address it to "parents" or "caregivers" not "moms." Moms aren't the only ones who care for their kids or chaperone them at parties.

But, like PPs said, I would just put drop-off and pick-up times on the invite. It gets the message across.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:09 AM   #18
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I love the start and end times! And the 'caregivers' take sometime off! Lol
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I love the start and end times! And the 'caregivers' take sometime off! Lol
Me too! Either of these would work I think.
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