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    Default Wording on birthday invitations.

    Just need some ideas, please ladies. I took my son (Prep) to a birthday party this afternoon, and was astounded by the number of parents who just dropped their children off and then left. Only myself and two other mums stayed.
    It got me thinking that I don't want the same situation occurring at our son's party in October. I don't want to be responsible for other people's children - not because I can't be bothered, but because I know how quickly things can go wrong if there's an accident or a child has an allergic reaction to something.
    So...how would you word it on the invitation, that we expect parents to stay for the duration of the party. I don't want to come across as rude, but I also want the parents to know that my husband and I are not going to be responsible for other people's kids at a party. Thanks

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    Maybe something like "there will be minimal adult supervision available so please plan to stay with your child"?

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    Could you just address the invitation to the parent and the child? Would that work?

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    Why don't you word it around making it an occasion for adults to catch up too?

    That would be a more positive message and probably more enticing for parents to stay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    Why don't you word it around making it an occasion for adults to catch up too?

    That would be a more positive message and probably more enticing for parents to stay?
    I'd probably do this. Something like there will be afternoon tea or something similar for all mums and dads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clementine Grace View Post
    I'd probably do this. Something like there will be afternoon tea or something similar for all mums and dads.
    Yes, I always provide food and drinks for the adults and I could certainly say something like this, but I think it almost needs to be something more assertive and to the point, for the parents who don't get my underlying message, iykwim!

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    Maybe you could just say as above, there won't be a lot of supervision so you'd appreciate it if parents are able to stay with their child to attend the party. It's still pretty young to drop and run.

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    Most parents drop and run bc they don't know the parents of the party child or guests and feel weird hanging around. I would maybe word it "we would love to get to know you so feel free to stay and mingle". I'm personally very particular who my kids hang out with, so it would not only mean less supervision for you, but a chance to suss out the families.

    Having said though, as someone with older kids, you will get to a stage where not all parents will want to stay and you'll need to supervise so be prepared that is the norm. My advice in the future is to invite less kids.

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    At prep though I would always stay. I'm assuming the average age is 5? I am surprised the majority don't stay at that age.

    I'd say something along the lines "we would love you to stay with your son/daughter for the party so we can all enjoy the party together". That way you're not asking them to stay you're making it clear it's what's expected.

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    I think you need to be explicit. So I like the first answer, something like ...."please plan to stay with your child as there will be limited adult supervision"

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