Blairysmum, at least she's not like my sis who throws out all cards without opening them. Not sure why she does it. But we have warned her that next time she might be chucking a $100,- note
Im having DS's birthday party at an indoor playground thing, next week. I know what sort of presents to expect, as my friends have luckily all been so smart to ask me what DS is interested in.
Also, DS is turning 1, so he's unable to do it himself. I'll have him in a highchair there and open the presents with him to make sure it doesn't take too much time and the other kids get bored.
This might sound really odd, but where I grew up, we would give kids invitations to our parties and we would've had a few gift ideas written on each invitation. Different ideas on each invitations.
That way parents knew what to get and we made sure noone would be spending more than others. I can tell you that the parents were very thankful for the ideas. Much better than to be completely clueless as in what to get for a kid.
BUT reading these replies it seems that you're damned if you do and damned if you dont. Either you're rude for opening them on the spot, or you're rude if you wait.
You cant win, can you?
Perhaps next year, when DS can open presents himself, I'll just ask each single person if its ok for him to open the gift now.