Only inviting kids under 2?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Elfi35601:  Actually 1 year olds are pretty well the worst, because they are mobile and harder to communicate with. You don’t want other 1 year olds coming.

(I do agree with allowing nursing infants though, under about 6-9 months, because they’re not mobile and hard to babysit).

A better approach is to treat your international guests as exceptions. Just don’t invite children (and make it clear if anyone asks that their kids aren’t invited), and don’t tell anyone beforehand that you’re making an exception for 2 international guests. Then if anyone sees them and grumbles, someone can explain. It’d be a very petty person who gets offended over that.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Is the teenager being paid? Five strange children under age two is a big burden to put on anyone, especially someone who is old enough to rather be enjoying the adult’s party.

Packed lunches may be tricky for babies at different stages of breast feeding and/or soft/solid foods.

It’s ultimately up to you what you want to do about kids. I personally would make it an all adult reception with no kids than just invite the babies.

The financial constraints should not be communicated to the guests, though. People understand that parties aren’t cheap, but the budget shouldn’t be any of their concern.

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