Erin - posted on 06/11/2012 ( 57 moms have responded )
A few weeks ago my 5 year old son was invited to a birthday party for a girl in his class. Some of the other parents brought their other kids along with them - younger and older, and stayed for the whole party. The "uninvited" siblings played all the games and in the bouncy castle, ate the pizza, cake and juice and shared in the treats from the pinatas. One of the older brothers (I am thinking he was 10 or so) even pushed the guests who were all 4-6 years old out of the way to get the full size candy bars from the pinata (and his mom praised him for getting the candy)
It got me wondering if I was the only one who thought that unless the invitation/parents said that siblings are welcome, it should only be the child invited to attend. It has happened at other parties my son has been invited to as well - actually now that I think about it, when my son had his party I had one mom who showed up with two kids - one that we invited and his younger brother - and expected both kids to take part in everything. The younger brother even asked me where his treat bag was when we were handing them out at the end.
It just seems to me that unless it is a family members party where usually the whole family is invited, or a close friend - siblings are not counted. My son's party was at a indoor playground so I could only have a certain number of kids or I would have had to pay extra - of course not everyone we invited showed up so I did not have to pay extra for the brother, but what if I had been over the allowed amount.
Do you think it is different for an at-home party vs. one that is at someplace where you pay for a certain number?
Am I the only one who thinks this - I am a bit out the loop sometimes :)