Ava turned 5 in December and Hannah turned 2 a couple of weeks ago and in between, we’ve attended or been invited to a multitude of birthday parties.
Here is my list of do’s & don’ts of kids parties:
Do – RSVP to the invite.
Don’t – just not RSVP if you can’t make it.
Do – Do arrive on time, or as close to on time as possible and not an hour late.
Don’t – Just NOT arrive on the day.
Do – let the Mom/Dad know if you can’t make it on the day because your kid is sick or your hair is on fire. Seriously, it is inexcusable to just not arrive, unless there is a death or illness or … you know what I mean, just not pitch because you don’t feel like it or something better came up.
Don’t – not bring a gift! It’s a kids party, even a box of chocolates or a R15 coloring in book from The Crazy Store will do, but bring something!
Do – offer wine/champagne/beer at your party or at least the option for attendees to bring their own, kids parties are my own personal hell and it helps me to be able to enjoy a glass of something while I’m there, not to mention helping the childfree attendees cope during the mayhem.
Don’t – ignore your guests, even if you are a social misfit, make an effort to chat to everyone, even if it’s just for a few minutes. I recently attended a party where I felt so painfully isolated I wanted to abandon my children and go home.
Do – let your kids have fun, it is a party after all.
Don’t – dress your kids in their best outfits and then not allow them to get dirty/play/go down the water slide.
Do – cater for the parents too, in some small way or form. Just have something, even if it’s a plate of sandwiches for the adults to eat.
Don’t – over cater for the kids, my experience… they’re far too busy playing to be interested in a table full of treats.
What are your absolute do’s and don’ts of kids parties???