You get an invitation in the mail to a neice's 4th birthday party ("Princess _____ is turning 4. You are invited to _____________ at 12:00pm on Sunday, December 26." Yadda yadda. In the RSVP line it says "Hope to see you there!"). At a restaurant 40 miles away. At 12:00pm. On a Sunday. The Sunday after Christmas, to be exact. You buy her a little gift, pack up your kids, drive the 40 miles on kind of crappy roads, just to get there and find out no meal is provided. Everyone is on their own for paying for their buffet. (Everyone includes not that many people - less than 20. Buffet costs $6.95, including the drink.) So, of course since it's lunch time and your kids are hungry, you go pay and eat. You're not the only one taken by surprise by this, and not the only one not too thrilled by it.
So this is how our Sunday went. This is my little brother and his wife, and her child's birthday. But seriously. What if we hadn't had the money to pay for our lunch? It was pure luck/chance that we actually had the money today. It said NOTHING in the invite that they weren't covering it, NO ONE knew (SIL's sisters, me, both our sets of parents, her elderly aunt who is on a very tight limited income.)
If you're having a party for your child at a restaurant, do you at least tell people that either you're paying for them, or you're not paying so at least if they can't afford it they don't show up and feel stupid if they can't afford it?! I don't plan to say anything to SIL, or my brother, but still. I found that uber-tacky.
Asked by Anonymous at 9:07 PM on Dec. 26, 2010 in General Parenting
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