Etiquette for Children's Birthday at McDonalds
Also, if you were the host, how would you say "not paying for parents"? Basically I don't want a free for all on me just because it is where it is.
thanks for any help.
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+1Toukolou wrote: ↑Jan 15th, 2013 11:18 pmYes, you should be worried. Parents will stay they will bring spouse/other kids and you'll inevitably be footing the bill for everyone. I like the idea of indicating "happy meals will be provided" but also make sure you let management know that you're not covering parent meals. You invite 10 kids, you pay for 10 happy meals. Let the McD's staff explain to the parents that the "party package" has been paid for and anything else ordered has to be paid up front.
Um so both parents wanted to ride and actually asked you for the $10 pass? Wowginabobolee wrote: ↑Jan 20th, 2013 9:06 pmI just hosted my kid's birthday party at Fantsy Fair. I provided a day pass for each child invited and one parent (stated on the invitation). I had one child's parents both wanted to go on rides with the kid, so the manager told them he has to speak to me first. A day pass is $10. I would assume Macdonald adult meal is close to $10 as well. MacDonald manager should run by you first before taking orders.
Btw, anyone who wants to do birthday party at Fantsy Fair, they are great!!! Very good expereince. Happy kids, happy parents and make host very happy too ~
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wow, those people are pure d-bags.chryslerintrepid wrote: ↑Jan 15th, 2013 1:10 pmI think I have to explain a bit more Hairball. A year ago, my son who was also 7 at the time went to a McD's bday party - invite read drop off. I asked the mom for me to stay when RSVPing, BUT only to help, and stay out of the way (I have never met the mom - needless to say I was not comfortable leaving him with people I didn't know at an open venue - not a closed play place). I did not eat, I didn't ask for anything, I felt if I asked to stay, I pay my own way. The mother had a coffee container for the parents. Great. BUT Out of the 20 children invited, all the parents (and some spouses and various siblings as well) 90% had dinner - full meals for the whole family. The mother of the birthday boy looked like she was going to have a heart attack when she was handed her bill. The parents just gave their orders to the McD's host, who put everything through. So, this is the scenario I'm worried about - a bill that should have been $100-150 turned into over $400.
Other in house birthday parties the kids have been invited to, yes, the parents have had a pizza - maybe - for the parents and any leftover cake, but that's the extent of it, which I agree, the party is for the kids, not the parents. If I do stay, I always ask to help the family, help the kids through meals, crafts, clean up, I don't expect anything in return, just that the kids are happy.
So yes, I am worried that the expectation that because its McD's, meals will be provided for any and all and I appreciate the help trying to wade through birthday etiquette. I don't want to piss off parents, I don't want to upset the kids, but I also don't want to go broke and have bad feelings towards others because my expectations and theirs are different.