(Closed) the ever old kids/no kids debate :( -sorry kinda long!

posted 11 years ago in Parties
  • poll: what to do...what to do...
    invite all kids-you can't exclude any : (1 votes)
    11 %
    stick with original-no kids-even 18 month old : (5 votes)
    56 %
    pick and choose kids : (2 votes)
    22 %
    put families with kids on B list-and send invite after space becomes available? : (1 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    1397 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @Krispy1327: Simple–tell everyone “no kids” and that you just can’t afford it.

    Post # 4
    517 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    If you can’t afford it, tell people no.  You can suggest GOOD and RELIABLE babysitters if you know any (but don’t do this if you don’t actually know that they are good).

    Have you asked your venue if they do children’s plates?  Mine offers $5 children’s plate with chicken fingers…if they can do something that you can afford and IF you don’t mind having kids there, that might be an option.  If it’s not, don’t sweat it…but be careful about making too many exceptions.

    Post # 5
    2297 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    You can have whatever rule you want, so long as there are clear dividing lines.  For example, you could say no kids under 12.  Or no kids except ones who are still breast-feeding.  Or out of town kids only.  Or immediate family only.  However, if you say that one cousin’s kids are invited and another’s are not, you are asking for trouble.

    Also, you do have to be realistic that in some instances, not inviting the kids will mean that the parents can’t come.  A breastfeeding mother who lives out of town can’t really leave her kid at home for several days, and may not be comfortable finding a babysitter in a strange town.  Other out-of-town guests may find it prohibitively expensive to get a 24-hour-a-day babysitter on top of flight, hotel, etc.  It’s typically not as big a deal for local guests, although even they may find that the babysitter is sick at the last moment.

    Post # 6
    500 posts
    Busy bee

    I think you should be honest with everyone and say noo kids. If you could recommend a sitter, that would be cool, although I don’t know too many parents that would leave their little ones with an absolute stranger :/.

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