I only asked if she was available Sunday afternoon for cake and ice cream. No mention of other party goers. And thankfully she said yes, so I could get on the phone and invite all those local siblings to come on over. She was a little surprised when she got here and there were already a bunch of others here too!
Instead of cake - because really, who can figure out how much people will eat?? -- I made cupcakes. Easier, faster, and nicer to serve. There was one party-goer who didn't want to wait for the party to eat the cupcake:
But I made her wait anyway.
So we got pizza and drinks and continued to talk on into the evening.
We did, however, miss those family members who are far away - and dear niece* - just for you, I'll make sure that you are a topic of conversation next time.