Open presents at the birthday party?
When I was growing up, the opening of birthday presents was the climax of every kid's birthday party. But lately I've noticed that at many birthday parties, they no longer have the kids open presents there. They waited until afterward when the party guests had gone home and then sent thank you notes.
At first, this felt really foreign to me, but I can see why in many cases. If the party is held at a venue such as a skating rink or jumping zone where you have only a two-hour window to play, you may not want to waste that precious play time watching a kid open her gifts.
So then I got thinking maybe this is a good thing to consider for different ages. For ages 1-3 or maybe 4 the present opening can turn into a frenzy as all the little ones try to "help" and then you can't keep track of who gave them what for thank you notes. So for little ones we did it later but starting at about age 4 we open them at the party because that's fun for the guests to see you open them (But of course then you run the risk of an honest child saying "I already have one of these" which has happened to us.)
What do you do about presents at your kid's birthday party?
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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