Just yesterday we invited some family friends to our New Year’s Eve get-together. They said that they would love to do that, as long as their other two grown kids weren’t expecting them to do something. I’d been planning to get an informal invite pulled together for the rest of our friends who celebrated with us last year. Imagine my surprise when one of the other families that came to our house (and stayed until 3:00 a.m.!) sent out an invite today for their own New Year’s Party … and invited most of the people who were at ours last year. I’m certain that it was NOT intentional, but it’s just frustrating and awkward. We’d still like to do our small, intimate celebration where we play board games, eat lots of yummy snack foods, and possibly shoot off a few fireworks — weather permitting. Their party is being thrown by three families (themselves, their parents, and their siblings) at a civic center gymnasium … loud, noisy, basketball games, lots of running and screaming in a location that echoes like crazy. As I said, I’m sure that they didn’t plan it to “steal” away our fun, but I can’t help but be disappointed.
Thanks for letting me vent. 😦