I have stayed for dd who is in 1st grade but i usually end up helping the host parents so they can enjoy the party more and not worry about the menial tasks like picking up garbage, tying shoes etc. All the guest parents usually take this time to get to know each other when the children are from same class at school.
You could put "pick up is at 4pm" as a way to hint you do not need the adults to stay.
In kindergarten and first grade it is fairly typical for parents to stay at birthday parties. Especially if they don't know the hosting family very well.
In all honesty, if I didn't know you well and I couldn't stay, my child wouldn't attend at that age.
Quoting frndlyfn:You could put "pick up is at 4pm" as a way to hint you do not need the adults to stay.
I expect parents to stay at that age as it would be hard for me to host the party with 20, six year olds running around. I wouldn't expect parents to stay for a sleep over or a small party, but I would expect the parents to stay as say Chuck E Cheese. I also wouldn't feel comfortable dropping DD off at some random person's from dd's class house and say "have fun" when I never even met the parent. Being said, I don't expect to be wined and dined at a kid's birthday party. I think it is perfectly acceptable to provide food and drinks for the kids and the parents serve as observers. Most of the parents at the parties I go to (at kids' venues) rarely even eat. I ordered pizzas for dd's last party and only a few parents had a slice, and that was after all the kids had a piece.
Quoting calsmom62:Sure , say in the invitations that dropoff time is xxx, and pickup is yyy. You could say. Birthday party 1-3. This is a big kid dropoff party!!! mention things nearby parents can do..mall, Starbucks, etc....
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