Some Basic Rules
This past weekend both my kids (girl 7 boy 3) were invited to birthday parties at the local heartburn factory, or more commonly known as “The official family restaurant of South Africa”, I for one do not agree. But nevertheless, bargain/bonus, two parties at the same venue, at the same time? Unheard of in parenting circles.
So the wife and I drop our daughter off at the hosts house cause there was a LIMO ride for the kids to the party, this is the families new business and they used the opportunity to market themselves, nothing wrong. We proceeded to the venue with our son, only to be not-greeted by the mother of the birthday boy who was not there, he was still having a nap? Our son walked up to the mother, who we do not know from a bar of soap, handed her the obligatory gift, and she told him ” Johnny is not here”. She never greeted us, she never asked our son his name, she never even tried to point him in the direction of the party/friends that were already there. All she did was take the present from him, pop it on the pile and turn back to the conversation she was having.
The second party was no better, no one offered us a seat or even asked if we were staying, who we were, who our kid/s were? I was amazed by the lack of what we considered “general hosting skills”. How are you supposed to feel confident in the parental abilities of the person who is supposed to look after your pride and joy if they can not even say hello?
We arranged a table for ourselves were we could watch the kids and had a drink. To cut a long story short, our son was not feeling too well and fell asleep on the wife’s lap anyway, so we walked up to the “hostess” and told her we were leaving. She looked at us as if she never knew who we were and said, ok, goodbye. And then we left………
Basic rules for hosting a party.
1. Greet the guests.
2. Ask if they are staying.
2.1 If they are offer a seat and refreshment as per invitation.
2.2 If they are not staying ask who will be collecting child and at what time ( For safety sakes)
3. Make sure the kids get liquids at least, maybe a light snack also.
4. Involve the kids in activities so as to make the day enjoyable/memorable.
5. Thank the guests for the gifts they bring.
6. Make sure the person who is supposed to leaves with the correct child.
Feel free to add your own ideas.