After she's confronted by two rude parents, guest blogger Role Mommy sounds off on kiddy party etiquette.
I just threw my son's 6th birthday bash yesterday at an amusement park and, for the most part, it was a smashing success. While it was a little chaotic searching for parents and their kids at the entrance, I managed to find most of the partygoers and hand out over a dozen free ride wristbands within 20 minutes.
But then a mom I really don't care for showed up with her husband. Instantly, I was given the third degree.
"Are you paying for parking?"
"Are you buying wristbands for the parents?"
"Are you providing food for the parents?"
After I attempted a fake smile and quickly answered "No" to all three of their rapid-fire questions, I glanced around and saw a lot of kids leaving the table and racing around the picnic tent. At which point, Mr. Annoying asked his next probing question:
"Is anyone supervising these kids?"
I gave him a look like I could rip his head right off his shoulders and proceeded to ignore his question, gathering the kids for cake. Minutes later, he asked again...
"WHO is supervising these kids?"
I couldn't take another second of this guy. "The parents are supposed to supervise their own kids," I replied icily. "That's the reason this isn't a drop-off party!"
My husband sensed the irritation in my voice and instantly rushed over to diffuse the situation. At that point, I figured we were finished dealing with Mr. and Mrs. Annoying.
A few minutes later, they did the unthinkable. They proceeded to change their 1-year-old's dirty diaper on top of a picnic table. Ewwww! What the heck is wrong with these people? Who would change a child's dirty diaper on a picnic table? Ummm, that would be the same people who did the same thing last year in the middle of my son's 5th birthday celebration on top of my brand new loveseat.
Later that day, I was browsing through digital photos of the party. Though I didn't have enough time to take that many pics, a friend of mine offered to take a photo of my family around the birthday cake. When I saw the photo, my jaw dropped. Guess who was sporting a toothless grin right along with us? Mr. and Mrs. Annoying's son! Of course.
I've officially decided these people have been raised in a cave and have no clue about kiddy party etiquette. And trust me, next year, they won't have to worry about parental supervision at my son's birthday party. Why, you may ask? Simple: Because they won't be invited back!
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