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    Quote Originally Posted by littlelove View Post
    Definitely not ok!!! With 12 small children being left in the care of unfamiliar venue staff all sorts of things could go wrong! What if one of the kids wandered off onto the street? The venue staff may not even realize as they're not familiar with the kids. What if one of the venue staff was dodgy? What if one of the kids needed to go to the toilet and didn't want to ask the venue staff as they don't know them? Just so many reasons why its not ok!!!
    All of these points could be thrown back at the parents that did the drop and run..

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    I don't think it's rude but I do agree it's utterly irresponsible. We trust particular adults to act in loco parentis when we are not around our children. Imagine if something had happened and you had to explain that you actually weren't there at he time. Madness!

    It would never occur to me to ask if the parents of a 4 year old child hosting a party were intending to be present the whole time, as I would assume it's a given. But until I read this thread I would never have thought of asking if would be ok to drop and run either!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    All of these points could be thrown back at the parents that did the drop and run..
    That's why I wouldn't leave my young child at a venue party...

    ETA - or at any party where I didn't know the parents REALLY well... But I am quite over protective.
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    Looks like I'm going against the grain. I think if there was a party host/entertainer then they are being looked after. Pretty sure they would need a working with children check.

    If if it was while they were eating food, I can guarantee 100000% my kids would not have gone anywhere. They love their food too much.

    My friend had her daughter's birthday party at a similar venue that's right next to a cupcake shop and whilst the kids were being entertained, she told parents to go next door and grab a coffee and cake to put on a tab she had set up, then she came and joined us too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Looks like I'm going against the grain. I think if there was a party host/entertainer then they are being looked after. Pretty sure they would need a working with children check.

    If if it was while they were eating food, I can guarantee 100000% my kids would not have gone anywhere. They love their food too much.

    My friend had her daughter's birthday party at a similar venue that's right next to a cupcake shop and whilst the kids were being entertained, she told parents to go next door and grab a coffee and cake to put on a tab she had set up, then she came and joined us too.
    I thought it was rude of them to go and get a coffee for themselves, but not ask the parents who stayed at the venue (us and the other mum), if we wanted a coffee. I just couldn't do that. I always set up a tab at the party venue and provide food for the parents. Even if they didn't want to pay for a coffee for us and the other mum, we thought it rude of them to just walk away and leave their guests (yes, I consider the parents of the party guests, to be guests also).

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    Quote Originally Posted by siansmum View Post
    I thought it was rude of them to go and get a coffee for themselves, but not ask the parents who stayed at the venue (us and the other mum), if we wanted a coffee. I just couldn't do that. I always set up a tab at the party venue and provide food for the parents. Even if they didn't want to pay for a coffee for us and the other mum, we thought it rude of them to just walk away and leave their guests (yes, I consider the parents of the party guests, to be guests also).
    I thought you said you and all the other parents (except for 1) left the party room to sit out the front and have a coffee, and whilst you were doing this you all saw them leave?

    Having said that, I do always cater for adults at my kids' parties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I thought you said you and all the other parents (except for 1) left the party room to sit out the front and have a coffee, and whilst you were doing this you all saw them leave?

    Having said that, I do always cater for adults at my kids' parties.
    No, only us and one other mum stayed. The rest of the parents left. We were sitting at the table, but not with coffee or tea. We were just sitting there because it was too crowded inside. Then the birthday girl's parents came out and told us they were going for coffee. I thought it rude that they'd leave their guests there whilst they left.

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    Wow, i have so much to learn! I never thought parents that choose to stay for parties would need to be catered for as in me shouting them coffees etc... I always thought the children were the guests, not the parents. :what:

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    I didn't know people actually dropped 4 year olds at a party and left? I'd say those parents have just as much to answer for as the hosts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heplusme View Post
    Wow, i have so much to learn! I never thought parents that choose to stay for parties would need to be catered for as in me shouting them coffees etc... I always thought the children were the guests, not the parents. :what:
    I dunno, I think it's just polite to offer?
    I always cater for adults.


 

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