Do I Have to Throw My Two-Year-Old a Birthday Party?


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My daughter's birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I've decided not to throw her a "kid party" and just have one for family. I had two parties last year and it was a disaster. I did twice the work—baking, cooking, cleaning—which left me exhausted and then hardly anyone showed up because it was snowing. But the work isn't the real reason I'm not having the kid party.



I simply think my daughter is too young for it. The kids aren't old enough to play games or even socialize with each other. I don't even know who her true friends are yet. I don't want to get in the habit of inviting the same group of kids every year only to have her want to exclude some of them in a few years. And I know people will bring gifts—no matter what I say—and I don't want them to spend their hard-earned money when they've got the holidays to think about.

So she'll have balloons (kitty balloons) and a cake (a kitty cake) and presents that she can unabashedly rip open (no one around here opens gifts at parties). Her adoring parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins will all be there. She'll be the star of the celebration.

Still, I feel guilty about the kid party. Should I?

Do you think it's important for a two-year-old to have a birthday party with her peers?

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