How to behave when invited
There are certain rules that need to be followed when you've been invited to a party.
Good manners or 'Party politics' are a good way to stay on the sweet side of a fellow parent when your child has been invited to a party. Follow these rules are you'll be just fine.

RSVP stands for Respondez S’il Vous Plait and it means “Please Respond”. You cannot ask more kindly, so please respond!
The rule is simple – your yes is yes and your no is no. Party moms cannot go on “maybe”.  If you say yes, it is very rude not to show up, except for a very good reason. And if you say no, you cannot change your mind the day before the party.
Chances are the party mom will cater for a “maybe”, but it is good manners to ask anyway.

Party Times
A party is not a glorified baby sitting service. If the invite specifies a time that the party ends, respect it and pick up your children in time.

Sick Children
Do not send your sick child to a birthday party. If he is too sick to go to school, he is too sick to go to a party.

Siblings and Parents

If an invite is addressed to a certain child, that child is invited and not his family. If you do not have a choice, ask the party mom if it is OK to bring the siblings, but assure her that you do not expect her to cater for them. And if you are allowed to stay, offer to help!

Want more party tips?
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Be party safe

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