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Etiquette for "adults only" invitation and host's child(ren)

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Etiquette for "adults only" invitation and host's child(ren)

VickySF | Oct 24, 2010 05:59 PM

What is the etiquette surrounding an “adults only” invitation to a party and attendance of the host’s child(ren)? I recently attended a baby shower for which the invitation specifically stated “adults only”. When I arrived, I was surprised to find not only the host’s five-year-old daughter in attendance but also a friend of hers. Is that the accepted thing these days? To exclude your guests’ children but include your own plus a friend? It wasn’t a huge deal because it was only a baby shower, but I have to admit, I was looking forward to a few child-free hours with friends, plus it felt very exclusive to me. Additionally, I’m planning to have my own “adults only” party soon and am wondering what to do about my own young child. (We don’t have any close relatives around to ship him off to for the evening.)

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