Q: What is the proper etiquette when it comes to children’s party invites (who to invite, are siblings included in the invitation)? For my soon-to-be 3 year old’s birthday party we are having pony rides which will take place in our front yard. We live in a very friendly neighborhood with children of various ages. My son has one little friend who he plays with who has an older and younger sibling. This older sibling plays with our immediate neighbors’ little girls. Though my son has not been invited to any of these older children’s parties, I want to be sure to not hurt my neighbors (or their children’s) feelings. When one child from a family is invited, should you include siblings as well? Is it necessary to extend an invitation to a child whose party my son attended this summer but whom he no longer plays with?
A: When it comes to parties for young children, usually a smaller guest list is better. You should invite your son’s current playmates- no need to invite those he no longer sees. As to the siblings, it’s fine either way, as most parents understand that children’s parties are best kept small.