This article originally appeared on LearnVest.com.
Once your kids are old enough to spend time around other kids—whether it’s at classes, daycare or school—you can expect one thing to pop up like clockwork.
We’re talking about birthday party invitations … and they just keep coming and coming and coming.
You may think, Oh, kids’ parties are simple affairs. Balloons, cake, presents, done.
But there are actually plenty of money issues that arise regarding birthday parties, whether you’re hosting, or your kid is attending. Namely:
- How much should you spend on gifts?
- What’s the appropriate amount of money to spend on gift bags?
- What should you do if someone gives your kid an inappropriately expensive present?
Because these are tricky issues, we decided to go right to the source. Here, Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and co-author of “The 18th Edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette,” answers your most pressing questions about kids’ birthday party etiquette.