Kids’ Party Invitation Etiquette

I’m facing a bit of a dilemma this week.  We sent out the invitations at school for CheezWaster’s 4th birthday party this past Tuesday.  They would have gone out the week earlier, but he missed school due to illness.  Yesterday, CheezWaster comes home and there is an invitation to a birthday party in his folder that is scheduled for the SAME day as his.  The time is in the evening (from 5 - 7 pm - stupid time - over dinner time and isn’t that kind of late for a 4 year old’s party???) whereas ours is in the morning (from 11am - 2 pm).  However, I can’t help but feel annoyed at this.  If I had received this invitation first, I would have changed the day of my party so that the children could attend both if they wanted to.  Now, CheezWaster is pitted against another classmate and we’ve already had someone call us with a decline telling us they had another birthday party that day (clearly they knew about this other party before the rest of the class).  AND to make matters worse - the mother of PARTY DAY STEALER has NOT yet responded to our party.


1) Do we go to this kid’s party - even though my son will probably be exhausted from his own party (we’re training super heroes, you know?!) and has said that he doesn’t really play with this kid??? (we opted to invite all of the kids in the class, as that is how a few other mothers have done their parties - the last party only had 5 kids of the 18 in the class - so far we have one decline and one positive RSVP from the class).

2) Do I wait and see how they respond to our party? (their RSVP date is before ours, but our invitation came out first)

I personally think that this mother should respond to my party first since our invitation went out first.  I know I shouldn’t get so worked up about this, but I really am quite annoyed at the whole thing.  If this were me and I decided to keep the party on the same day, I would have sent a personal email or made a phone call to the mother of the other kid before these invites went out.  But, I guess that is what separates a classy mommy like me from the Party Day Stealer Mom.

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