It was part way through foundation/reception when most parents started to leave children at parties. They often stay at the first few at the start of the school year as they don't know the parents at all. If parties are at places like soft play parents often stay too, even when children are older - pRTLY AS PARENTS HAVE OFTEN HAD TO TRAVEL FURTHER TO GET THERE AND ALSO THE FACT THAT THEY ARE SO BIG.
Definitely stay,you will want them around especially if in your house,there may be tantrums,squabbling over toys,toilet issues etc etc.It's also nice to meet the parents of the children that yours play with.
Depending on the time of day though hulababy! I once went to a 3 hour toddler party at 9am on a Saturday morning. I would have loved them forever if they had provided coffee (they didn't). Now cava and coffee...
My dd's is 1-3.30pm with a 2hr entertainer so I'm hoping I can kind of sit back and natter to the parents and supervise food/drink. Too optimistic?! I'm a teacher of 30 nine/ten year olds, 15 toddlers is beyond me!
Blimey, 15 children! I would send little reminder notes to those who don't RSVP if you don't know them, to say that the parents are welcome to stay, there will be adult food, and you hope it will be a nice way to meet some of the other nursery parents.
I hope this doesn't happen, but in my experience, if you don't know the parents, they often do not bother to RSVP or turn up! You may need to be prepared to chase, and also I think you should make clear that parents are welcome to stay, as some might be anxious about RSVP-ing an acceptance as they are worried that their children are too young to be left but are not sure if its OK to stay.
You could also ask the nursery to put a notice up about the party, e.g. those children invited to little X's party, parents welcome too, please respond etc, if you never see the other parents?
Well dd and I went to the first of endless nursery 3rd birthdays today. My God, this mum went massively OTT. Each child got a £5 book and tshirt for "party bags", 1.5 hours private hire of a softplay and full on sit down kids dinner for 15kids. I can't compete with that . I've got 12kids in my garden with a kids entertainer and M&S party food
Coffee, she probably got the £5 book from the book people at £1 a shot... Probably something similar for the t-shirt. Your party sounds fab. I went to a 3 yr old's party the other day, there were quite a few couples there so don't assume it'll be just one parent staying, it could be 2.
coffee please don't worry.DS1 would have loved a party in the garden with M&S food when 3,never mind the entertainer.Most of the ones I've been to just had pass the parcel with frequent stops and sweets in every layer.Just come back from a nursery 4th bday party today and the party bag contained bubbles,a piece of cake & pick & mix,he loved it!