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Trials and traumas of a full-time mum in Dubai

The Social Dilemma That Is The Birthday Party

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I had coffee with a friend recently and we got talking about what I think is one of the trickiest social dilemmas on the mummy circuit.

So here it is: my friend recently threw a birthday party for her six-year-old daughter. You know what girls are like: last August, the daughter was planning a Mamma Mia party; by October, it had changed to a High School Musical party. What she actually got was a lovely non-themed party at a nice venue with good food.

The party was not ridiculously expensive (the venue was not the Burj Al Arab), but it wasn’t cheap either. On the guest list was the whole school class, all her friends from outside school, plus the kids the mum wanted to ask because she likes their mums. 38 in total.

And herein lies the dilemma. Siblings. Just as my friend had arranged her final head-count with the venue and confirmed the space available was suitable for the number invited, out of the woodwork crawled the siblings. The late RSVPs that came in with the addendum of ‘You don’t mind if I bring x, y and z, do you?’

Don’t mind? Of course she didn’t. But the venue did – they had space for 35 children and the quota was more than filled with invited guests.

Personally, I wouldn’t dream of asking for both of my children to attend a party if only one was invited (imagine the chaos if every one of the 38 guests brought a ‘plus one’?), but I came up with a great solution for my friend: siblings welcome. A snip at £20 a head.


Written by mrsdubai

April 19, 2010 at 7:35 pm

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  1. Funny enough had a friend of mine tell me about a spa party for her daughter aged 8 and her 20 friends. I was like Whoaaaaa! Looks like celebrating b’day’s r a rough deal these days!


    April 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm

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