Is it wrong to have alcohol at a childrens birthday party?!

Question: Is it wrong to have alcohol at a childrens birthday party!?
I had my daughters 3rd birthday party and my mom made some margaritas!. Well everyone else was fine except for my mother in law whom passed out after taking 3 sips!. Is it wrong to serve beverages for the adults at parties or should I help build my mother in laws tolerance!? Www@FoodAQ@Com

not at all--
1- the adults need to have something to calm the nerves-- people do not realize the pressure a kids party creates: the right gift, party hats with those annoying rubber straps, sitting in cake , etc!.
2- kids b-day parties are great places to meet single women, so its real convienent to be able to get her a cold one from the cooler
3- I totally believe it should be kept away from the kids, but if some do get into it, its makes pin the tail on the donkey and the pinata much more enterntaining to watchWww@FoodAQ@Com

I had to weigh in on this excellent question ~ anyone who thinks it's ok to have alcohol at a children's birthday party DOES NOT have their priorities in order!.
The first priority to to the child(ren) for whom the celebration is being held!.
This is NOT a party or reason for adults to celebrate!. Focus and attention needs to be with the kids, their fun and activities!.
Anyone on here who answers differently has not considered the possibility of a medical problem or emergency!. Can you imagine having a child choking and you need to drive them home or worse, to the ER!?
That would the "icing on the cake" to be stopped for drunk driving with children in the car! Guess who'd get a nice, shiny pair of handcuffs in front of the children!? Drinking alcoholic beverages is fine when the children are otherwise supervised!Www@FoodAQ@Com

That's a good question!.

I would say that it's probably not a good idea given that so many things can happen when, of if, somebody gets drunk, or if the children become adventurous and decide to see what the adults are drinking!. If the children are young, all they see is the pretty green or red drink that looks yummy!. I know I was that way when I was a kid!.

Maybe when the children get older, it's all right!. Www@FoodAQ@Com

Of course you shouldn't have alcohol at a child's birthday party!. Why teach them about consuming alcoholic beverages responsibly so young when they can learn how to properly consume liquor when they binge drink with their friends or sneak alcohol from your liquor cabinet!? It's just silly to be of age consuming spirits responsibly and moderately in front of your children!. Www@FoodAQ@Com

Oh this topic brings back memories from when my teens were little!. Everyone one on my husband's side of the family had big family BBQs with social drinking of beer and no decorations just a cake!. this drove me nuts!!!!!! The adults would be sitting talking and drinking while all the kids just ran around doing their own thing, no structured activities!. It was just another excuse for the adults to socialize and drink!. We would go and stay just long enough to give the child a gift, spend a bit of time with the child and make small talk with the family and then leave because this got us sooooo mad!. When we had parties, it was very organized, we had a theme and had games and food and decorations and it was ALL about the kids!. They seemed so bored at our parties because they were not drinking and just watching the kids!. They would alway ask where is the beer and we said it was a children's party and then they even tried to bring beer which we put an immediate stop to!.

The party is for the kids, so be interactive with the kids on their birthdays!. They only live once!. Make these magical moments special for them!.


I see no problem with it!. My kids all have birthday's in the summer months!. We about 99% of the time have BBQ's and we always have beer!. I have a beer or two in front of my kids at other BBQ's why not this one!. I usually don't drink till after the cake, games and presents are all done and I can let the kids have fun!. But other guest were drinking also!. I say it's fine!. Your mother in law needs to just have hers watered down!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Childrens parties are not the best place to serve alcohol!. There are tons of reasons why!.!.!. on is for the example you gave with your mother in law!. A childs party is meant to focus on a child not the adults!. Here's an idea have an adult party after all of the children are gone home, you are already in party mode!. Good luck next time!Www@FoodAQ@Com

moderation, you don't want adults passing out and acting stupid around the kids, that would not set a good example and might even emotionally scar some kids, if its a young child i think its fine but after they reach about 10 (give or take depending on the child) alcohol should be kept for adult parties (superbowl, birthday, etc!.) Www@FoodAQ@Com

i think its okay but save the alcohol for later for when the b-day child already opened their presents and ate cake!. after they're just running around playing, then the adults can go ahead and drink but DONT get wasted around children - thats a bad example for them!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Not at all!. How are we supposed to get through these things if we cant have a tasty alcholic beverage!.
In all of my kids birthday pictures over the years, a cold pitcher of beer can be seen somewhere in the pic!.

The games were alot more fun for the kids this way!. You should see how happy they look!. And us too!.
Ahh, such fond memories

My opinion is yes- it may give the children a bad example to follow!. you should try to be focused on letting everyone have a great time- and honestly you don't need alcohol to do that!Www@FoodAQ@Com

I think its fine as long as the kids don't get into it, and the other parents know!. And if your mother in law knew it had alcohol in it!.!.!. they its fine!. Www@FoodAQ@Com

Definitely not! Th child could accidentally drink th lovely looking margaritas and mistook it for a punch or somethingWww@FoodAQ@Com


its hilarious

to laugh at the drunk people and the children like to drrink tooWww@FoodAQ@Com

If there are adults that want alcohol, I see nothing wrong with that at all!. If your MIL has no tolerance for them, than perhaps she shouldn't drink!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Just make sure that the kids don't see you drinking and it will be fine!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

hell no, these people are all a little stiffWww@FoodAQ@Com

My brother had alcohol at his daughters 2nd b-day this past August!. I find it out of place!. You shouldn't be consuming alcohol around your child is my opinion!. Why people cant enjoy a party without it is beyond me!. If you feel your mom needs to build up her tolerance, your child's party is not the place!. If she cant handle liquor, let alone 3 sips!? Come on!. She shouldn't try to build a tolerance she needs to stay away from the stuff 100%!. Having alcohol at a kids party is risky!. What if the kids pick up a half drank glass/can/bottle & drink it!? Do you want the risk of getting too tipsy to notice if your child wanders off or gets hurt!? Your reaction time slows!. Plus is your having a party where other peoples children are in attendance, you cant responsibly care for others people kids!. I wouldn't let my kid go to a party of a classmate or friend if I knew they were having liquor!. No way!. There's a time & place for everything, a kids party is neither for alcohol!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Any adults who want to drink at a CHILD'S birthday party need to leave and have their own party elsewhere!. That is no place for alcohol!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

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