We had a small party to celebrate my son’s birthday, and making the guest list was reminiscent of a wedding invite. We really wanted something manageable with all of the visits and holiday stuff that has happened recently. Mostly, we wanted there to be kids that my son liked playing with because, at three, this party is more meaningful to him than the two previous ones. Certainly at one, we invited our friends and celebrated keeping this little human alive for a year.
Though it still felt like a lot of people, we had a small gathering that was completely the right size for my son and for everyone else, too.