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What is a tiered birthday party, and is it rude to plan one"

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What is a tiered birthday party, and is it rude to plan one" What is a tiered birthday party, and is it rude to plan one"

What is a tiered birthday party, and is it rude to plan one"






by Melissa Willets posted in Parenting

If you follow my blog posts, you probably know that I am not the biggest fan of kids' birthday parties; a less-than-popular opinion, I know. I especially ruffled feathers last year for suggesting it may be rude to throw a big party for a child with a December birthday because it's so close to the holidays. Cringe. Sorry to anyone who now hates me.
I have long-favored smaller, family celebrations, or perhaps a trip to mark a birthday, or even a little get-together with a few close friends. But a big blowout party with the entire class at a bouncy house fun factory" Just not my cup of tea. Again, sorry. Kind of.

My feelings on birthday parties being what they are, I was interested to come across this post on Kidspot that describes a so-called  tiered birthday party, and questions whether it's mean-spirited. The idea is that a bunch of kids, say, the whole class, get invited to the bouncy house thing, but then a smaller, select group is asked to continue on to another after-party, perhaps at the child's house to sleep over.
The notion of the two-tiered party first came up on Mumsnet, where a mom said her son was only invited to the first tier of a party, and she felt bad for him. This mom acknowledged that maybe the birthday child had wanted the party this way, but asked if parents were obliged to comply.
My take: Um, no! I'm imagining how my daughter would feel if she found out only certain kids were invited to another part of a party, while she was going home. Heart sinks. Of course, I'd come up with a way to talk her through this; perhaps I'd just say certain kids are better friends, and hey, who cares" We can do something else fun. But still, rejection like this can stick with a kid.
If parents want to have a tiered party, they need to be discreet about it, ultimately. There's no reason the kids who aren't being asked to join the next phase of the party even need to know about it. Hint: Don't post pics on Facebook.
But then there's the larger question that I come back to: How much is too much when you're celebrating your child's birthday" I mean, I remember when bachelorette parties were a night; now they're a weekend, sometimes even a long weekend. Are kids' parties headed in the same direction" And are we spoiling the ever-loving crap out of our kids, and setting them up to expect waaaay too much"

Disclaimer: Yes, I know you love your kids VERY much. So do I, I assure you.
In any case, many commenters to the Mumsnet post felt a tiered party displayed bad manners. As one commenter said about boy who wasn't invited to the after-party, "Oh, so he's good enough to get a gift from but not for a sleepover" It's like a reception-only invite to a wedding."
Of course, other commenters felt a tiered birthday party was nothing to cry foul over. "Personally, I'd prefer to teach my kids to be thankful for a party invitation, and to enjoy what was on offer, rather than...


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