(Closed) Engagement party issue….AAARRRGGHHH!

posted 10 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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36 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - A garden wedding followed by a tented reception on Mr. Hummingbird's father's property.

Yikes! I’ve gone through my own kids/wedding issues so I feel your pain. It’s especially hard when another family member is throwing the party to lay down the law because you’re not technically the one hosting the party.
As far as I can see it, depending on your time frame, you have three options:
1) Tell you FMIL/FI that as much as you love children, because the event starts slightly later, you’d prefer it be an "adults only cocktail party."
2) Grin and bear the kids and have your own adults only party later.
3) Have some sort of babysitter and corrale the kids into one area, either in the house where the party is being thrown or at another location nearby so you can have some adult conversation.
If you give people enough notice, they’re usually pretty agreeable so just take a deep breath and then tackle things head on. Good luck!

Post # 5
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291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

If it was just your FI (and not FMIL) that was telling people "yeah, bring your kids!" and they were all people you’re fairly close to, you can always play the dumb-guy card…if he’s willing to suck it up and play along:  "Wow, Joe and Jane, I’m such a moron, I told you to bring Joey Jr., but I’m a lame guy and didn’t know anything about the party plans, and it turns out that it’s not a kids thing." 

 

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