how far in advance do you let family/friends know your party date? Both my kids are in June and it is height of end-of-school, Father's Day, start of family vacations, graduations, weddings, etc. Therefore, I attempt to pick a date well ahead of time and let everyone know. This has worked well all but 1 year when everyone then just kind of "forgot" and didn't tell me until the night before the party (I was 9 months pregnant, so you can imagine how happy I was at that point).
Really, I just wanted to post on the new board now that it looks like we can post. And I figured I would see what other parents do if they have summer (or holiday) birthdays to plan.