I like the "open house" idea because I'm hoping to have it somewhere with a crib to put the babe down if he needs a nap in between and it would be convenient to be at home with all his stuff. I'm not sure how to communicate it or time the main events like cake and gifts. My parents don't love the idea - I'm not sure why?? They offered to have it at thier house which is bigger but still would be cramped with over 30 people.
Our garage isn't finished or heated. We have a additional room in the backyard that's set up as a bar and we can heat it for another 7ish people. I hadn't thought of the danger of heat lamps with little ones. There will be about 5 other LOs. I guess I want to know what would you think as a guest? Would you be put out to have to filter through for an "open house" or if most of the party was outside?
Thank you for all your suggestions and encouragement!