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Old 04-05-2009, 09:58 PM   #1
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Default I'm invited to my friends son's two years old birthday party

My wife and I don't have children, but I feel this is kinda weird. My friends wife sent me an invitation to their son's two years old birthday party. Is this normal?
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:00 PM   #2
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yes...they want to hang with you while the kids are busy being kids and whatnot
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:01 PM   #3
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:06 PM   #4
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My wife and I don't have children, but I feel this is kinda weird. My friends wife sent me an invitation to their son's two years old birthday party. Is this normal?
it's normal for the first birthday. after that, it's odd. I don't expect my non-kid bearing friends to show up past #1.
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:07 PM   #5
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My kids are 8 and 12. If we were invited, we'd have something to do that day. When was it again?

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Old 04-05-2009, 10:07 PM   #6
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They're probably having a grown up party while the obnoxious little kids play.
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:08 PM   #7
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I'd tell them to take their little coitus trophy that they keep shoving down everyone's throats and **** the **** off.
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:08 PM   #8
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show up, bring the beer.

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Old 04-05-2009, 10:08 PM   #9
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They might be milking it for gifts.
Buy a lead painted toy from China to show how much you care.
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:09 PM   #10
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They want more presents.

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Old 04-05-2009, 10:09 PM   #11
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My friends did that as an excuse to get together and get drunk while leaving the kids to the sober wives.
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:10 PM   #12
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yes. Just bring a $5-25 gift. Maybe an ounce of silver or a Melissa and Doug brand toy. You'll appear thoughtful and forward thinking.

Link to Amazon's listings for M&D 2-4 year category

Two year old boys like trains, stacking, sorting, pounding, jumping, loud noises and toys that look like things grown ups use. Just starting to use their imagination and stuff.

It's more an excuse to get people together. Don't read into it too much.

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Old 04-05-2009, 10:19 PM   #13
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^^ @ ounce of silver

Seems a little odd to me too. Adult relatives, sure, but friends?
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:39 PM   #14
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^^ @ ounce of silver

Seems a little odd to me too. Adult relatives, sure, but friends?
why not? I dunno, everyone is always suspect of the gift-giving aspect. If it were just a normal get-together with kids invited, would you be as suspicious?

If it's the gift part, then don't bring one. Is an adult friend going to be upset you didn't bring their kid a gift? really?

Lighten up, people. Don't "proper etiquette" me you bunch of scoundrels. It's a party. Parties change when you have kids.

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Old 04-05-2009, 10:43 PM   #15
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I was invited to one last weekend. I showed up.. helped my buddy get all the minivans parked out front, ate some cake, took some pictures of the kids playing nice before the sugar rush hit... and then we snuck into the basement and played Mariokart on the Wii for two hours.

Oh, and there was a serious no-gift policy. The one lady who did show up with a gift got chastized in a friendly way.
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:45 PM   #16
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I'd be conveniently busy whenever that party happens.
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:52 PM   #17
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Women always invite people. If you want to go, go. If not, don't. And if you didn't get invited, you'd probably start a thread bitching that they didn't invite you. Friendship is more than drinking beers and PS3, sometimes you have to do things you don't like for a friend.
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:53 PM   #18
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I can't think of any childless couple that would complain about not being invited to a friend's 2 year old's birthday party. Family, maybe.
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Old 04-05-2009, 11:19 PM   #19
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Been to plenty of my friend's kids b-day parties, I always bring beer. Typically a good time.
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I'd tell them to take their little coitus trophy that they keep shoving down everyone's throats and **** the **** off.
<takes r0bman off teh invite list>
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:23 AM   #21
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Beers at a kids birthday party? Classy!

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Old 04-06-2009, 08:27 AM   #23
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I'd tell them to take their little coitus trophy that they keep shoving down everyone's throats and **** the **** off.
You doing anything this Friday night? I'd like to buy you dinner....
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:29 AM   #24
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Go. But bring the most obnoxious, loud toy that you can find. You know the sort of toy that makes your blood curdle and is quite cringe-worthy. They'll never invite you again, and your presence/gift will be a constant reminder as to why you shouldn't come to kid B-days.
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:49 AM   #25
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I guess it depends how close you really are with these people. Before we had kids we went to a bunch of birthday parties for the children of our very close friends. When it comes to my friends that I have been close to for 20 years, they are just as much a part of my family as anyone else so we want them at our children's celebrations, just like we want to be at theirs....
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