We host an annual holiday cocktails & desserts party in December. When we started this annual party, very few of our friends had kids, so it wasn't an issue, but now a lot of our friends have kids.
We'd like for this party to be for adults only, how do we word the invite to make that clear without offending the parents in the group? Anyone have a clever line we could use? Or is it just best to say something direct like "book your babysitters now, this party is just for the grown ups."
Last year, we figured that since the party didn't start until 8pm and the invite clearly said that it was a cocktail party, that no one would bring kids. Most people "got it", but we had several friends RSVP for themselves + kids. I didn't want to be rude, so I just let the kids come. But having kids there definitely changes the dynamic of the party, especially when it's late and the kiddies get crabby because they should be in bed. And the parents never fully enjoy the party when they're running after little ones the whole time (nor do the hosts!).
I'll add that we're not kid-haters or anything. We host dinner parties & BBQ's all the time and always include kids of our friends. It's just nice to have an adult-only party once in awhile, and we thought a holiday cocktail party was a good time to do that.