View Poll Results: Should children open their gifts at the party?

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    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.

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    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?


    There's always two or more ways of looking at things. We shared our opinions but at the end of the day, we all make decisions we feel most comfortable with.

    Sometimes sharing things on bubhub is more trouble than it's worth! You end up with so much insight that even the simplest decision suddenly seems hard! Ah, well!

    At the end of the day, you know your guests and you have a feel for what they find acceptable.

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    I don't mind either way,,,

    If i go to a party for ds and they open them thats great,if not i don't really think about it...

    I think the parents of the bday child should just do what they feel comfy with.....

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    I always saw it as part of the fun for the presents to be opened for all to see.

    When I've turned up to a party and the recipient opens the gift straight away, or takes it home to open privately, I've felt that it takes away part of the enjoyment of the party.

    PS: Since someone mentioned weddings, we opened all our wedding gifts at the reception - after dinner but before desert.

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    I like seeing the gift I give being opened and enjoyed so I get disappointed when the child doesn't open the presents at the birthday party.

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    I used to think they should be opened at the party, but now my child is 7 and I've had heaps of parties I think it's better to wait till we are home or the guest have gone. Things get lost or broken.


 

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