Birthday Party Etiquette

Luke’s 7th birthday is coming up on October 30, and its his year to have a party. He had a party during his last year in Montessori, which was a small class. We had a bounce house at our home, and I was able to invite everyone in his class. Now that he is in school, I’m not sure what the etiquette is. I would love to be able to let him choose what he wants to do (either laser tag or the pumpkin patch with hay rides and pony rides), but there’s no way I can invite his whole class plus his other friends at $25 per child.

I don’t really know what to do. I would hate for someone to mention the party to someone who I don’t invite and hurt their feelings. At the same time, I don’t want Luke to have a boring party at our house.

What do other parents do? Am I the only one who thinks that spending $500 on a 7 year-old’s birthday is ridiculous? I would love to hear your inputs!

Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy