I'm not sure if I'm asking this on the right board, but here goes anyway. My wife and I have planned a cocktail party this holiday season for some friends. We are all in approximately the same age range, so some couples have young kids (as do we). Since we planned the party as a "cocktail party" for 8 pm, I thought it was fairly obvious that we did not expect kids at the party. A number of friends seemed not to get this implication, and have asked if kids are invited to the party. How do I politely explain what I thought to be obvious; namely that kids are not invited to an 8 pm cocktail party? Any help is appreciated, maybe I am simply clueless, but I thought it would be apparent, based on the time and type of party, that it is adults only. Thanks for any helpful advice.