I made a post about my daughter's first birthday party. Basically Ariadne's party is going to go like this. We are having it at my aunts house because she has a big yard. The theme is swan lake because my daughter loves listening to the music from it and loves watching the swans at the park.
11-12- people show up, we'll have music playing outside and some snacks, with lawn games for the kids
12-1- lunch and cake. We are making sandwiches and my mom is making the cake. My ten year old cousin is doing a kids version of swan lake for her dance class and she asked if she could put on a little show, so she's doing a quick ten minute show during lunch with four of her friends.
1-2- free time. We'll have the music going on the patio with space for adults to sit and talk and there is space for dancing. We have a box of dress up clothes for the kids, they can play in the yard, we will have games like duck,duck,goose, relay races, etc. My aunt has a pool so people can swim if they want. We have a couple of arts and crafts projects for the kids. One of my cousins is painting faces. Then they will get their goody bags and the party is over.
My aunt has a friend who works for a bird rescue. She has two swans who were raised from chicks and are very well behaved with people, you can go right up and pet them and they don't care. She asked if she could bring them over to show the kids at the party. We are asking for donations to the bird rescue instead of presents, so she thought it would be nice for people to see what its going toward, plus my daughter absolutely loves swans so it would be fun for her. Someone would be with them at all times to make sure no one bothered them.
I asked for opinions on bringing the swans, and people only wanted to comment on how ridiculous the party was for a one year old and how I was just trying to impress the guests and throw the party for myself instead of thinking of my child and what she wants. My dad is one of 12, so I have a lot of aunts, uncles, and cousins. We are a very close family, so yes there will be quite a few people at the party. My daughter knows everyone coming and is used to being around crowds, since we are such a big family. Everyone coming is either a direct relative or a very close family friend, like her godparents. But people couldn't get over that. Honestly, the party is not a big deal, its a large yard so everyone won't be crammed together, we are doing simple activities that my daughter enjoys, its not some big festival. I'm guessing people either misunderstood what this party is or maybe it is crazy to have simple kids games at a kids party, but I just don't get it. Someone actually thought it was weird that I was feeding my guests. Is there something I'm missing.