robot birthday!

Andrew’s birthday is coming soon! For his party this year, he wanted to invite his classmates to come over to our house. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a big deal…but it kind of is. His classmates live all over the city and WE don’t really live in a central location for everyone. So…I’m not really sure how/if this will work, but here’s what we did:

I designed a simple invite with the basics on the front. Then, I made a little pocket on the side (by attaching some paper on the back with one side left open).

In the pocket, I added a little note to each parent. At this point I’ve met all of the parents…I even know some of their names! So, I wrote each parent to explain that this would be a small party with just classmates (so you better come dang it!). ;)

Then, Andrew wrote a little note to each classmate too.

Our last attempt at a classmate birthday party lured 3-4 of his 12 classmates…and those kids all lived near us! And it doesn’t seem like his classmates have birthday parties where they invite other classmates. Maybe they have more family in the area than we do and just invite family? Or maybe there is some kind of Special Ed thing at play here where everyone is worried about how it would go with all of those (awesome) kids? Anyway…I have no idea what it is…but we are just going to keep trying! I am hoping for at least two kids! Fingers crossed!

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I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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5 Responses to robot birthday!

  1. Plume says:

    Aw, I was just thinking how big he looks in one of your pics from yesterday’s post, and I reminded myself that he is almost seven. Love the invites too.

    Regarding the classmate party, I visit various forums and it seems that your preoccupation of any of them showing up is similar all around. Many kids don’t, and moms are always griping about no one rsvp’ing either. That really sucks. It makes me sad for when it’s our turn, when eventually my kids will ask for classmate parties. I think I’ll keep to family only, as usual. But I do hope you have a good turnout. Sounds like a fun party–robots! Really cool.

  2. Amy says:

    James just turned 7 on Monday and since we didn’t want to disturb anyone’s holiday weekend plans with a kiddie party we are doing it this Saturday. His theme is Angry Birds. We are playing real live angry birds and will have a playable cake!

    He too really wanted to invite most if not all of his classmates (there are 18 kids in his class). But with cousins (there are 12 that live close enough to come – only 2 out of town and 2 that have baseball games and couldn’t come), neighbor kids (there are 15 kids on our block that he plays with pretty regularly) and dear family friends (5 more kids) there was absolutely no way I could swing classmates too.

    We have 21 kids definitely coming so far and I think there will be at least 4 more coming. With adults we’re going to have about 50 people!!! I am exhausted just thinking about it. But i am breaking down my prep to a little each day.

    Luckily we have a large driveway a garage and backyard space to use. I am praying it doesn’t rain and it isn’t too hot.

    Since he couldn’t invite classmates we made these really awesome angry bird cupcakes for his class and I sent in the same goody bags that our party guests will get (angry birds gummy candies, a Cadbury egg, an angry bird sticker, foam plane and a punch balloon).
    He is very excited (and honestly so am I :)

    As for Brendan we will probably do something less large scale and overwhelming with a train theme come his August birthday.

  3. Eric says:

    As I read this it makes it seem as if this may be an open invitation to the Internet. It is not but it might be worth making this really clear. :)

    • Robyn says:

      Thanks Eric,

      Internet: you are NOT invited! ;)

      Not too worried about it since I blurred our address and phone number. Email is on there but I’m okay with that. So, if the internet tried to show up, it wouldn’t really know where to go…I think…


  4. Oh I’m hoping for at least two as well! The invite is just adorable!

    And I pinned your corn bran muffins. :o)

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