Kid Free Zone

Kid Free Zone: When your party is just for grown ups

February 13, 2019 0 Comments

Kid Free Zone

Q: When I invited a friend to a cocktail party I was throwing, she made a fuss and said she wouldn’t come without her children.  Although I really didn’t want them there, I caved.  How can I prevent this from happening in the future?

A: In the case of this specific friend, tell her before your next adults-only gathering that you enjoy her kids but hope she can hire a sitter.  If she declines, so be it.  Indeed, it’s generally better to let all guests know your preference from the start.  A written invitation makes it clear who’s being asked, but if you’re inviting people verbally, you’ll have to mention that it’s an adults-only evening.  And don’t be too hard on  yourself.  It’s perfectly OK to throw kid-free parties.  Still worrying about your friend’s feelings?  Perhaps you can arrange a get-together with her-and her children.

February 14, 2019