DS at nursery now. Beginning to receive invites to birthday parties. I only know the names and faces of these children and not even sure I could match the child to the parents I occasionally see on pick up/drop off. My question is... do I take a gift? What do I take? How much should I spend? Should I ask the parent? One is a joint invite for child and her younger brother, do I take a gift for both?! I've only done birthday parties at home for family so have no idea what to expect!
Take a gift. Something between £5 & £10 (or something that looks like it costs between £5 and £10, even if you picked it up form Pound Land.
You might want to ask the parent what the child is into if you RSVP by phone, but I've found this to be an expensive option - if the parent requests something pricey, you will then feel obliged to buy it.
It'sup to you if you take a present for the sibling. Personally I wouldn't but a samll book might be nice if you really wanted to, although if it's a large warehouse soft play party they will be inundated with prewssents, so won't notice an extra one, especially if you've never met the brother.