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Old 06-10-2014, 02:08 PM
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So I found a place. Just got my fire inspection on my empty home...lol But we passed...

So far all of the parents but 1 are super excited about our move.

I wanted to have an open house night once the daycare is set up so that the kids can come play and will be able to see the new place before they start....

I have a lot of work cut out for me...

In planning this open house, my DH wants to BBQ and have drinks.... I am all for the BBQ, but I am not to keen on the "DRINKS".

I say it's DC related, no drinking, he says it's a butt kissing party we need to go all out.

My hubby works with me and knows all of these families, some have been with us for 5+years...

help on this......
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:16 PM
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Congratulations, so exciting!!

I would serve normal beer and maybe some prosecco if you're into that. But I'm not in the states and I know some people are weird about that. What are your parents like?
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:20 PM
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I personally wouldn't serve alcohol because people will be there with their kids and you don't want them driving home "tipsy" with their child(ren) (well, not at all, but especially with their kids.) I understand what your husband is saying, especially because I think you mentioned you live in an upper class area and they might be used to having wine, etc. at social functions. However, I would keep it family-friendly just to minimize the liability.
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:21 PM
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I do a Winter holiday open house every year - neighbors, friends & daycare families all in one lol. I offer non alcoholic punch or Virgin drinks as long as there is even one family with a child there… Why? Because they are my daycare parents. It is business in a way and I want to have fun, but be professional in front of EVERYONE. You can BBQ & offer non alcoholic beer and punch…

I don't want someone having a drink or two then drive off and have an accident, it would come back to bite me & the business. Now I do ocassionally have a glass of wine after with a friend or two, but only if all my business families are gone. Explain to him you still have to cover your ass because of the children (you don't know how these parents act after a few drinks, do you want to really chance it?).
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:22 PM
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Personally I'd do soft drinks, water, tea-not alcohol though. That's me though.
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:25 PM
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Thanks for the feed back ladies.... Yes, I agree that no alcohol. I just told my hubby I wanted to keep it professional I didn't even think about the liability that it would cause...

Thanks so much for responding. I am trying to deck this place out on a budget so that we keep everyone..... I know that it is wrong to stay somewhere because of the material things, but welcome to CRAZY CALIFORNIA.....

yes, my love, hugs, healthy foods and safe place is not enough for these people!!!
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:27 PM
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Yeah, I agree with you and the others for the reasons already given - no alcohol since it's business related.
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:30 PM
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I might offer some nice micro-brews or something, but not enough that any one person could be drunk. Like 12 people coming so you get a 12 pk and maybe 1 bottle of wine. Going completely dry may put off the vibe that you don't trust them to be adults and decide for themselves. Sometimes that is the case when it come to our liability, but we don't want to seem prudish and untrusting.
I wouldn't go full bar, mixed drinks and margarita machine or anything, but some select beers and wines would be tasteful.
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:34 PM
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Alcohol is too much of a liability, IMHO. Personally, I would NOT mix kids and alcohol. I don't understand why people can't enjoy themselves and have a good time without alcohol.
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:38 PM
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I don't understand why people can't enjoy themselves and have a good time without alcohol.
It's not that we can't, it's that we don't want to.

No, but seriously, for a lot of people it's just normal to have adult drinks at an event. My wedding was dry out of respect for my in-laws, who are teetotalers and my Irish friend was just aghast. He'd literally never been to or heard of a dry wedding.
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We do all of our events dry, but I think it's because neither me or my dh drink and I HATE spending the money on it. Plus, if it is not all gone at the end of the party, it just sits on the top shelf in my pantry for ages.

BUT I have been to plenty of other kid parties that serve alcohol. I went to a dcg's birthday party where there were only 4 kids (half of which were mine ) and about 12 adults, all of which were drinking mixed drinks mid-afternoon (except me). It wasn't weird or anything, but I admit I was hanging out with the kids more than the adults .
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how else are they going to be able to tolerate their kids..........lol JK

My husband said what Twin said....let them be adults and limit the amount..

I run the BIZ I said NO....lol N. Has spoken....lol
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i know you decided but--i would spin it as an open house for the kids--and you wouldn't serve alcohol at a children's function now would you?
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i know you decided but--i would spin it as an open house for the kids--and you wouldn't serve alcohol at a children's function now would you?
yes more good points silver.....
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I also would not serve alcohol.Use the liability issue.Offer punch or lemonade and ice tea a lot of people offer small bottled water for everyone to.Cookout sounds fun and showing off the new place should be your goal.Have a great time and good luck with the new place.
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Just want to say congrats on the new house!
I dunno, I might serve beer and wine with a limit of 2? Of course have lots of non alcohol options. Dads like beer. especially if mom is driving.
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Old 06-10-2014, 04:55 PM
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I have a few events a year, but I never thought to serve beer, alcohol or wine. Partly because it's for the kids and partly because of the expense. Not to mention that you probably do have liability if someone drinks too much and something happens, though I would imagine that's fairly unlikely

For winter, I do a mulled cider, non-alcoholic, and the kids can have juice boxes (we never drink juice or use juice boxes except at events, so they're considered a huge treat) or juice mixed with sparkling water. I also make a couple of large pitchers of ice water with orange, lemon and lime slices.
I used to do soda, but people got picky about what type they wanted and I didn't want to buy a dozen kinds for a dozen and a half people

For summer, I used to do soda too, but now I do only juice for the kids and the ice water with fruit slices in big clear containers with spigots.

It's cost effective, and not one person ever commented on the change
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how else are they going to be able to tolerate their kids..........lol JK
They won't have to.... you'll be there to do it for them.
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Old 06-10-2014, 05:25 PM
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Maybe it's the people I know but I've been to lots of kids' parties where alcohol was served. Baby showers, Bday parties, Chuck E Cheese, etc. Sure it's for the kids but that doesn't mean you have to exclude the parents and only serve mini water bottles and juice boxes. The liability issue is probably the biggest worry, but if they got pulled over and got a DUI, I don't think the police would be knocking on your door. Every adult has the choice to drink alcohol or not. They could be loaded before they step foot in your door. KWIM? I wouldn't be too paranoid about it personally.
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