This morning while some of us Tiny Prints staffers were chatting about our weekend plans, an interesting topic arose and now we’re anxious to share it with our readers. As one staffer was dishing out the details for her little one’s first birthday celebration, another asked “are you planning to serve alcohol for the adults?” Interesting conversation ensued!

What do you think about serving alcohol at kids’ parties? Do you drink at or provide drinks to the adults at your kids’ parties? You tell us!

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12 Responses

  1. Lara says:

    I generally do not see the problem, especially for a 1st birthday party, which is generally for the parents anyway. If you think about it you take your kids to Chuck E. Cheese, which is synonymous for kid’s birthday parties, and they sell beer. Why? Because if they did not, I do not think most parents would make it.

  2. Wing Wong says:

    My knee jerk reaction is to say no. My tempered reaction is to say no. But obviously, this is something everyone needs to decide on their own.

    I’m personally not in favor of birthday parties/etc involving children, which includes alcohol. Children are going to see their parents in many different ways, positive and negative. No need to really add drunken stupor to the mix or inappropriate behaviour from lowered inhibitions.

    Also, it sends the message that it’s okay to drink at parties, and if that’s something the parents aren’t feeling good about their kids doing… lead by example.

    This reminds me of one car convention where MADD(Mothers Against Drunk Driving) was represented. They were serving alcohol(beer in plastic cups) at the event and I asked the MADD rep about this, whether it’s okay for parents and children to be attending the event with drinking alcohol being associated with the event. Their response was, “there’s nothing wrong with a parent drinking at the event with their child present”.

    It had me thinking, alcohol consumption pervades out society. Even those who fight against the ills of alcohol use are themselves seeing no problem with associating drinking with cars and driving.

    So… no, I would never serve alcohol at a child’s party, or at events where children are invited or will be attending. It sends the wrong message.

  3. Danielle says:

    No problem with serving it at all. 🙂 Many adults welcome it…:)

  4. Cole says:

    Not usually, but that’s more because kids’ parties are usually earlier in the day. We had a New Years at Noon party (http://coleemmett.blogspot.com/2011/01/new-years-at-noon.html) for my toddler friends and we didn’t serve alcohol for that, but my first birthday party was an afternoon barbecue and there was beer there.

  5. Lauren says:

    I think it completely depends on the group. If you have a bunch of immature adults that are going to get hammered and throwing them back, then NO! However, if it is a 1 yo party and it is mostly adults getting together and eating, I don’t see why they can’t have a beer. I think having children see responsible drinking isn’t bad.

  6. Amanda Cowan says:

    I think this is a “to each his own” situation but I do not think I would ever serve alcohol at a kids party. BUT for me, it’s because I just don’t drink. So it would never occur to me to plan for adult beverages. Even when we have people over for dinner or holidays we tell them “byob”.. you wanna drink? You pay for it. lol.

    But having said that.. I have been to bday parties where it’s been served and I never saw a problem with it. I’m not sure I believe it sends the wrong message. But I do believe it’s extremely important for us to explain to kids the dangers of alcohol, etc.

    We can’t just rely on them never seeing us drink.

  7. Lauren Nguyen says:

    We didn’t serve alcohol at my daughter’s first birthday. We had a lot of people and family, so I didn’t think the more “mature” crows would approve. For the subsequent parties they’ll be more low key and small, so we may. With that being said, you can save some money by NOT serving alcohol!! 🙂

  8. Heather says:

    Obviously, getting drunk in front of your child is not good behavior, but having a drink in front of your child at a party is no different from having a drink with dinner in front of your child. As far as social pressure, seeing how people can have A drink and enjoy themselves shows restraint. Seeing how some people are drinking and others are not (children and adults) shows a thinking child that you don’t have to be cool to drink, even if others are. The general message that needs to be conveyed is that some alchohol is acceptable taken in by people of the right age, who are able to act responsibly.

  9. mel says:

    I don’t see a problem with it, but then again I’m from Europe so totally different culture re alcohol. I have always served wine/beer at my kids birthday parties, but never seen anyone drunk. Adults usually pass or have one drink. Adults are usually pleased and I have noticed other parents including alcohol at their kids parties, after attending ours. There’s nothing wrong with kids seeing parents drinking responsibly; in fact I think it is a good thing.

  10. Jeanette says:

    Personally, I feel that drinking any alcohol at a kids party as tacky. The party is to celebrate the childs birthday, not get your drink on. It’s a sad person who feels that they cannot have a good time without some sort of alcohol in their system. And usually a childs party is only a few hours, stop by the bar on your way home if you must get that drink. Don’t be selfish. The party is for the child, not you.

  11. Lindsey says:

    I agree with Jeanette, it’s tacky and a bit selfish. A friend of mine brought this question up resently also but for her 5 year old daughter’s party. I told her I wouldn’t but it’s her decision. I have a two year old and am seriously thinking about not attending for the simple fact that I don’t feel like making sure all those alcoholic beverages stay out of his reach. I also don’t think a bunch of drunk adults watching kids sounds like a smart idea. It’s for the kids and if the adults are worried about not being able to let loose, then maybe you could have some icebreaker games or something…

  12. Kids Party says:

    Serving alcohol to adult at kids’ first birthday celebration is now a day very common. So it is not surprising for people.

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