Just curious as to how everyone else feels about having alcohol at kids birthday parties? I grew up around addiction my whole life and my mum has battled alcoholism for the past 8 years so I understand I am kind of sensitive about it.
At all of DS1s birthday parties we have served cordial, bottles of water, various soft drinks, pop tops and fruit juice. They're always kept cold in a big tub of ice and nobody really has a problem with the drinks except a few people in my family. They also make it really obvious that they expect alcohol to be available and it p!sses me off that they come to the party with an cooler bag of beer and wine. I really don't think a childs birthday party is the place to be getting on the p!ss.
It is DS2s 1st birthday family BBQ soon and because it is an afternoon family BBQ I've said to DH that its fine to buy 1 carton of beer to go around the people who would like one. Would probably add up to 2-3 beers each. I am kind of regretting it though because now its showing those members of my family that I'm ok with it and I don't want them to start thinking I'll be serving alcohol at all future birthdays. It really is an exception though, I wont be supplying alcohol when its a normal birthday party and there is lots of little kids around.
Any ideas what I can do next year in regards to the kids birthdays and making it pretty obvious I'd rather people weren't bringing alcohol?