My daughter is now 19 months and I like to plan ahead with her birthday. Last year I started 6 months away. This year was the same...Until this morning. When asking my mother advice about when my daughter's big day should be and I was informed that my family had decided (without my input or consent) that since our family has so many birthdays between June and July that we would all just have one big party for EVERYBODY, thus avoiding a party every few weeks. I understand it cuts the cost of food and decorations and it makes sense. Kind of.
Here's the thing though. All of their kids are over the age of 5. They have each had their own Big Special day, at least once a year (more if you include when they have friend parties and family parties) up until now. My daughter is only turning 2, and excuse me if I feel the second birthday should be just as special as the first (if only a little less people attending). I don't want to take pictures of her at a shared cake with kids who can't be around my toddler for longer than 20 minutes without getting mad and yelling at her, or trying to pick her up and hold her (she's the size of a three year old at this point, so half the size of most the other kids who will be at the party), or getting knocked over because of all their rough housing.
Furthermore, we're FAMILY! Shouldn't we WANT to see each other more often when the chance presents itself? or is that just me? I know that it gets to be annoying being around people that can drive you insane for long periods of time, but no one is FORCING you to stay the whole time. I don't even care about presents. I like to see my family. But that's another thing. How are all these people going to buy all of those presents at same time with no time in between. It'll be like Christmas, except this past Christmas we did secret Santa...
Am I totally wrong? Am I over-reacting? I had a theme picked out and EVERYthing. She's too young to have a party with friends and she only has one friend anyway. But is the second party really NOT supposed to be as special as the first one? Am I like completely off my rocker?