This year, since my son was turning 7-years-old, we allowed him to invite the 8 kids he wanted to have at his party. He chose 5 classmates from school, and 3 kids from the neighborhood that he plays with most days after school. There was one child whom my son did not invite because he only sees and plays with this kid when there are neighborhood gatherings, i.e. a BBQ. After my son’s party, we were attending another event in the neighborhood, and the parents of the kid who had not been invited came up to me and loudly stated that I was very rude for not having invited their son. It was very awkward since we were attending another family’s party. Anyway, the parents demanded an apology. Is this really necessary on our part?
It all depends on how close you are to this family. From the circumstances described, it sounds like you are not very close to the family, and only see one another when there is a neighborhood gathering. If this is the case, it is easy to understand why your kid did not include their child in his party.