To say no children after 8pm?

(27 Posts)
stella1w Fri 12-Jul-13 22:54:50

I'd like to host a party, particularly to see friends i don't normally see. I was thinking of a childfree evening party. Then i thought some of my friends with kids might like to bring them, so am considering having a from 4pm party that people can drop by as and when. I'd like to put my kids to bed and enjoy the rest of the evening with old friends at 8. I don't think it's fair on my kids to go to bed if their friends are still playing in our garden and I don't anyway want to host a load of overtired kids...so could i make clear it's a party in two stages?

Hassled Sat 13-Jul-13 09:29:00

The danger of leaving it open is that you'll end up with that one person who is happy to let their over-tired small child winge on till way too late at night <bitter>.

I think it has to be an either/or - the split invitation is a good idea.

BlackeyedSusan Sat 13-Jul-13 10:09:20

I think the two separate parties feels less "bugger off now you are not welcome." (although it is no unreasonable to be child free after 8) you can bath and calm your kids too. it is easier to get rid of reluctant guests. feels less excluding to those with kids as the cgoing home while the paty is stilll on is tough, but with a gap it will have ended...

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