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    Default Open or not open presents at kids party!

    We attempted to get 2yr old DS to open his presents as guests arrived but he was too excited playing with what he just opened to open another!
    But obviously when he is older I would probably do as most pp,s do presents after cake , I do think it's nice for people to see him open them and also I get to take photos and thank them at the same time
    ( I don't send thank you notes if I have gift bags for the parents and kids)

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    I open the presents at my children's parties as most people like to see the child open their gift. I know I get disappointed if I don't see the child open their gift.

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    Default Re: Open or not open presents at kids party!

    Quote Originally Posted by Happy2be3 View Post
    Ok, well I'm Gunna do what we've always done and what I was raised doing, and that is open the presents up at the party. All the kids love to see presents being opened and who doesn't love to gander at what the birthday child is given!?
    Exactly! It's part of the fun. We were fortunate to have someone give us a big gift bag but if you aren't going to be home I think big a bag/box/washing basket, something, to haul the toys away.

    .... and yes my 4 year old the minute everything was opened helped pack away his new toys, grabbed the bag and headed for the door.

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    We always open the presents at the party. As 1 or 2 year olds we would have them open the present as the guest arrived, however as they got older we designated an area for the presents to be placed, unopened until after they have had the cake. Depending on where we are we will often have a chair for the birthday girl to sit on and a picnic rug or mat for all the guests to sit on then one person at a time will be asked to take their present off the table and give it to the birthday girl. This way I can see who has given them what.

    We've been to parties where the birthday child has taken the present and opened it amongst a bunch of kids - things get strewn everywhere and the mother usually has no idea what has been opened or who gave what. We've also been to parties where the presents were taken away and opened later - a couple of times we've had no acknowledgement of the present (which personally I think is bit rude) and other times received a thankyou note, which I really appreciated, it is nice to know that the child knows who gave them what.

    I also think it is really important for the kids giving presents, regardless of the age, to see them opened by another child and for them to understand that sometimes they don't get presents. Kids need to learn that sometimes we give a present and don't always receive one back.

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    Maybe for the next parties I should have two tables with signs as to not offend anyone. One table can have a sign that says "If you wish to see your present opened place it here.. and the other table can have a sign that says "If you wish your present not to be opened at the party place it here".

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    I should add - we have another rule here .. that presents given at the party are opened, and then put away - the toys given are not played with at the party. My boys have had several birthdays now, where they have opened a present, and a guest has then played with the toy roughly and it has been broken before my boy has even had a chance to play with it himself!!

    So we open on the spot .. or at least before everyone goes home - thank everyone as appropriate, and then I bag the pressies up and the party continues

    Its heartbreaking for your child to get something, and then for another kid to break it before they even get to play with it unsupervised children give me the irrits ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renesme View Post
    Maybe for the next parties I should have two tables with signs as to not offend anyone. One table can have a sign that says "If you wish to see your present opened place it here.. and the other table can have a sign that says "If you wish your present not to be opened at the party place it here".
    Lol, love this.


 

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