Separating the adults and kids
August 24, 2009
Inevitably, as you get older, your friends are going to have kids and they are going to show up at your house party.
While this may not be ideal for folks with no children, it doesn't mean your party suddenly has to be G-rated either.
It's important to accommodate guests, especially those with children. It's rare for these parents to get out of the house and they may need a night with adults more than you realize.
To help, consider setting up a kids' room, either in a spare bedroom or in an office. Here, the kids can play with their toys, watch television or (if they are infants) sleep in their travel crib.
Putting on a movie may be the best way to placate everyone involved. However, with the children, be sure they have enough snacks and drinks so they aren't constantly running to the "adult" section of the party.
An easy way to separate the two is to move the adult party outside to the backyard or a porch. However, do keep a window cracked or the door slightly ajar, just in case the kids need anything.