I am calling out to all Scottsdale Moms Blog readers for your take on birthday party etiquette! I have three children that are close in age. Between two separate kindergarten classes, a preschool class, and lots of friends with three or more children, we get invited to a ton of birthday parties. I am sure there are plenty of you out there who are in the same boat!
One of my problems is when one child is invited to a party. Do you take all the kids? Do you just take the one child? I typically just take the one child who is invited and leave the rest home with dad. This works out well for the one child going to the birthday party, but at home it is nothing but drama with the two left behind (poor dad). I hate to ask the birthday child’s parents if siblings are included, especially when they pay per child for some of these parties. What do you do in this situation? How do you manage the disappointment with siblings not able to do everything?
Also, I am always perplexed with gifts. Do you have each child bring a gift for the birthday girl or boy? Or do you do one “family gift” from everyone? We go to quite a few birthday parties thrown for multiple siblings. If each one of my children brought a separate gift for each birthday child, that would be crazy (6+ gifts – yikes!). And if you don’t mind commenting, I would love to hear what the Scottsdale Moms Blog readers typically spend on a birthday present?!?
Thanks so much for your help on this situation – even it is just to comment that you can relate to your weekends completely overrun with birthday parties!