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[–] UBannemarie 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I think a lot of parents do something a little smaller, like picking 2 friends to go to the movies or an amusement park. Last year we gave my 5yo (middle child) a choice between a party or an afternoon with just mommy and daddy and she chose just us. Also, not everyone wants to/can throw a party for the whole class and I think that if you pass our invites at school you have to invite everyone which can get expensive.

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[–] big_fat_dangus 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Other than the parties they have at daycare, I've never had an invite for my 4 year old. I think it might not be a big deal like it was when we were kids.

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[–] ElementalPee 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The kids in my son's class routinely give out invitations for birthday parties and we do the same. He just turned 9 over the summer. Previous years, there would be more invitations to the entire class but I'm seeing more specific invitations and friend groups happen now. Also, in kindergarten and first grade, we would plan his party a month or two in advance and invite everyone in the class during the last week of school. By the time the middle of summer came around, not many people showed up to the party. We started having an early birthday party for his school friends during the last week of school after that and it worked out much better. If you're dealing with a summer birthday, it might be worth considering doing something like that.

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[–] Longbow 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I've seen several this summer and attended a couple more (as 'the kindly old neighbour'). Maybe it's just the thing right now in your area. I don't understand how they do that "puppet master" communication thing that spreads ideas in an instant.

(NE US)