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dd invited with her best friend, to stay with best friend's relatives at their home for 10 days. Would you offer money to the rellies?

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mumonthenet Mon 17-Aug-09 17:48:18

They're in their own home, the rellies, and were going to have dd's friend alone, then decided to invite dd too. Their own children are grown up, so I guess dd is useful in that she's company for friend.

The invitation mentioned paying her own flight and spending money, now I'm panicking should I have offered a contribution to the housekeeping?

StayFrostyDMisaVileRag Mon 17-Aug-09 18:00:58

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mumonthenet Mon 17-Aug-09 22:01:37

thanks stayfrosty, maybe panic is the wrong word grin

yes, they have gone. She took the usual box of chocs for the hostess, I kind of think that's enough but then maybe I should have offered some grocery cash too, before they went.

DD and friend are coming back alone so I won't see the rellies. Oh well, I won't lose sleep over it!

bluejeans Mon 17-Aug-09 23:25:55

Wow lucky DD and lucky you. Make sure she sends them a card/letter (not email) when she gets back to say thank you so they know its appreciated - or you could both write one

lilacpink Mon 17-Aug-09 23:32:53

You paid for a flight and spending money, I wouldn't worry about food. They would have expected to pay for that when they offered.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 17-Aug-09 23:35:53

I'd second the "thank you" card, but reckon that your dd's ability to keep her friend occupied will far outweigh the cost of feeding her.

bluejeans Mon 17-Aug-09 23:39:39

Yes - DD was invited out for the day with a friend last week and the mum assured me I was doing her a favour, not the other way round! smile

willali Tue 18-Aug-09 09:08:17

this happened to us recently - I gave a contribution equivalent to what we would have spent on the child during a week away bearing in mind eating out, ice creams, entrance costs to places etc etc. I think you should at least offer to contribute - they may say no!

OhBling Tue 18-Aug-09 09:21:32

But she's taking her own spending money so I'm assuming the rellies aren't planning to pay for everything for her when they're out and about? How old is DD?

I think the suggestion that she write and thank them is an excellent one - old fashioned good manners go a long way IME. You could call her and suggest she buy some flowers (if she's old enough) the day before she leaves for her host as well?

mumonthenet Tue 18-Aug-09 17:46:39

mmm good ideas thanks

She's 14.

She did ask me on the phone yesterday if she should buy a little gift before she leaves. I said yes, and I think i'll tell her flowers is a good idea.

Yes she has spending money.

And yes, she will write a proper thank you card when she gets home!

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