Is there a birthday party etiquette one should adhere to?
Are there rules around how soon before the party you should send out the invite?
Must you always rsvp? Some recent news stories would suggest yes — yes you do.
What about the present? Should you always take one? Should you open it immediately?
It is a bit of a minefield really and we’ve all been raised slightly differently and attended different parties in different parts of the world. However, one can hardly help being a bit of a judgey judgey pants………..and here……….I’m going to be one.
At Pickle’s recent party one child brought a card with £5 in it.
Is this odd?
I mean, I understand that keeping on top of parties and the subsequent presents is very tricky. I have (thankfully) always managed to get hold of something for one of my children to take to a party, but I completely understand and wouldn’t be in any way surprised if a parent apologised for a lack of a present, perhaps suggesting to bring one later, or not, I guess the apology acknowledges the etiquette.
I have taught my children to NOT expect presents. They are a nice to have. So they are always prepared for the likelihood of getting none. I think in a similar situation I’d probably get my child to make a card and put some effort in.
However, to put £5 in a card? Maybe from a close relative, but from a child?
I’m judging the pants off this one. Should I?