Re: Open gifts at birthday party? Agenda help!
It depends on the venue and number of kids. More than a handful of kids and you end up with a long process where guests get restless and start to entertain themselves. (Read:make mischief). If it is at a place where there is a lot of opportunity for physical play (inflatables, playground, laser tag) then it works better to give the guests more time to socialize and wiggle. The above two things apply even more so if there are a good number if guests who are younger than the birthday girl.
If I have a smallish group at a less active venue, like my house, we open gifts. Order of events tends to be opening activity, main party activity, possible meal, cake, opening gifts, pass out favor bags, possible sponge activity(play on play set for us), see guests off.
Melissa-Wife, mother to DS 4/02 and DD 4/07, DS 7/08
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