Parents Pay for Birthday Party Admission

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
4395 posts
Honey bee

I think it depends if the parents’ attendance is required if their child attends.  

Post # 4
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yes it is in my opinion.

Post # 5
1690 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I agree, if the parents HAVE to be there, then the persowhile is hosting the party should pay. 

Post # 6
450 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

If you requre that parents be there, I would pay for it. However, if you aren’t requiring or asking parents to join, I don’t think it is necessary for you to pay for their entry.

Post # 7
2173 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Not sure how old the kids are or how many.  You might only need a few adults to “chaperone.”  You probably should pay for the chaperones, but they could be you, your SO, your sister, your older cousin, etc.  They don’t have to be the parents.

Post # 8
7289 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I think it also depends on the travel as well. Do they have to travel a fair way to drop their kids off at the party? If I had to drive all the way from the suburbs into the city (so 30-40+ minutes depending on traffic) I certianly wouldn’t want to have to drive it x 2 roundtrips and would probably want to stay.

Post # 9
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

If they want to stay and you already have enough helpers then they should pay for themselves.  I would have no problem paying for myself if I wanted to stay. (Unless the kids invited are super young and parents would need to stay.)

Post # 10
2546 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

if you have to ask, it is. if they just want to stay, it’s not.

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