Q: My parents and I held a first birthday party for our son. It was rather large as it included relatives and good friends. The guest total was about 65 – 85 people, including young children. We received plenty of gifts, but did not open any of the gifts at the party for many reasons. Among others, we did not want to make anyone feel obligated to sit through the gift opening as it would have taken a long amount of time. As it was, though the party went well, children were getting tired and cranky towards the end. We of course thanked everyone personally as they left the party and I sent out thank you notes within 2-3 days. Was it rude not to open the gifts at the party?
A: No, it was not rude, since it was such a large party. People do love to see the response of the guest of honor when he/she opens gifts, but considering that your child was just 1, it would have been way too many gifts for him to manage at that time anyway.