If you send out party invitations to your party guests and have planned for “X” amount of children to attend, and then some parents call you up and ask if the party guest’s siblings can also attend the party for a little while, as they, meaning the parents, have some errands to do or just want their other child included in the party, how do you handle?
Well, enough of these siblings attending your kids’ party may really throw your party budget out of whack. If this is a close family friend who calls and asks this as a favor, you may be willing to have the sibling attend the party. If you do decide to let the sibling attend, you don’t necessarily need to provide a goody bag to this additional party guest unless you feel you can afford to. It may not be a big deal for one extra sibling, but if you have 6 additional guests, you may want to think through these additional costs.
If you end up letting one additional sibling attend the party, others may also ask you and you may feel pressure to let everyone’s siblings attend. The best thing is to simply anticipate that this situation may arise and know your own boundaries from the start. Here are some things to consider before sending out your invitations:
- Know how many additional party guests you are willing to have attend based on time, budget, space constraints.
- If you say yes to one request, don’t be surprised if you get more.
- If you allow additional guests to attend, know what you are willing to spend additional money on for these extra kids, i.e. goody bags, craft materials, food. Be up front to the parent who is asking with what your constraints may be.
- If you are not allowing any extra guests, just be up front when and if the request comes your way and stick to your original plan. Otherwise, you may please everyone else, except yourself, in the end.