Try to answer the following questions honestly:
1. Have you ever not replied to an invitation for a childrens party and then your child has attended anyway?
2. Have you ever dropped your children off at a childrens party and then left without checking it was ok to do so with the host?
3. Have you ever taken all your children to a childrens party when only one of them was invited?
If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of the above questions then it is highly likely that you are guilty of breaking some of the unwritten rules when it comes to your child attending a childrens party.
Correct etiquette surrounding a childrens party is all about common sense, thoughtfulness and manners. Think about it. If you don’t let the hosts know your child is coming, how will they know how much food and how many childrens party bags to prepare?
Children’s parties are not a freebie babysitting service, and the host parents might need you to stay for your child.
It is for this same reason why bringing siblings along to a party when they haven’t been invited is a no-no. More kids means more work – would you like to be the person that caused another parent extra pressure?
A great way to make the party less stressful for everyone is to have a chat to the host parent(s) beforehand and see if there is anything you can do to help. With all those excited children running around, an extra pair of hands is usually welcome.