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Are heavy appetizers suitable for a 1-4pm birthday party? - Yes, I think heavy appetesizers is perfect for this type of party.
Is is ok to tell parents verbally when they RSVP that there is a charge if the parents want to stay? - you can add this to the invite.
Do I need to tell older daughters' guests that her birthday is 6 months away, even though this is the only birthday party she will get this year. Can I just simply invite them to her "birthday party" and make no mention of the actual day of her birth? - I think you can mention that it's a half-birthday since her actual birthday is NYE. I know a lot of families that do this when children have birthday's on major holidays.
Do I need to tell older daughter's guests that we will also be celebrating the sister's 1 yr old birthday or can I just leave that out? - I'd leave it out. I have some other thoughts on that below.
Is is ok. that we will have enough food just in case a few parents or siblings stay, but do things specifically to encourage them not too. Yes
What are some things I can do if one of the guests entire family shows up. It is a public pool so they could just get in line and pay to get in, however they are not my guests and I don't really want to host people I didn't invite. - take care of this in the invite. Note that the entrance fee will be covered for the child and that there will be plenty of adult supervision at the party. In other words, let the parents know that only the child is invited. The parent can then tell you if they have a problem with that and would like to attend or can choose to have their child not attend the party.
It is publicly known that the pool opens at noon but the party wont start until 1pm, what do I do if guests get there early while I am setting up. - Be friendly and continue setting up. I wouldn't worry about this too much as it's a pool and they can entertain themselves for an hour.
Re: Baby sister party. So, I get that your DD wants to share her party with her baby sister and this is great. But it seems to overly complicate and confuse things to share in opening the presents, etc. And the age difference is so profound, I can't understand how it will even work. Since baby sis is only going to be 1, I'm pretty sure she won't know what's going on anyway. I think in this case, I'd talk to DD about her having her birthday separately and then maybe do something for baby sis with just the family separately.
Of course, if that's not possible (I get that it's hard to coordinate two events), then really I see nothing wrong with going along with the joint plans. I would not mention baby's birthday on the invites and maybe just get baby a separate cupcake so that the larger cake just has DD's name on it. The only thing I think might be awkward is the opening of presents. If she's doing this at the same time as DD, it may take away attention from DD's opening...and it's done during a separate time, I'm not sure the 9 year olds will have patience for it. You could have baby open presents while the other girls are doing something else, but again, it might be a challenge with supervising hte other kids.
Bottom line is I think the feasibility of this plan centers around how many non-family members will be there. Just a couple, then totally doable, but if it's a lot of girls, then I can see it being more of a challenge.