Mother is accused of ‘being cheap and rude’ for asking parents to contribute to the cost of her son’s birthday party at a trampoline park
Mother invited son’s class to his birthday party at Gravity trampoline park in Hull But parents were shocked to discover they’d need to pay at least £10 to attendTaking to Mumsnet, one mother expressed her displeasure at having to chip-in
A mother has been accused of ‘being cheap’ for asking other parents to contribute to the cost of her son’s birthday party.
The parent invited her son’s school class to his fifth birthday celebration at Gravity trampoline park in Hull.
But parents of the classmates were astounded to discover they would need to pay at least £10 for drinks, food and specialised socks to allow them to use the trampolines – after the mother admitted to only paying the entry fee for each child.
Taking to Mumsnet, one mother expressed her displeasure at having to fork out the extra money after the boy’s parent failed to book the party package – which would have included socks and food – saving herself £156.
Parents on the UK discussion site were divided, with some claiming that paying for tickets ‘was already enough’, while others insisted she was being ‘cheap’.
A mother has been accused of ‘being cheap’ when arranging her son’s party after asking parents to pay towards it. The parent invited her son’s school class to his fifth birthday celebration at Gravity trampoline park (pictured) in Hull
Taking to Mumsnet, one mother expressed her displeasure (above) at having to fork out the extra cash for special socks and food, after the boy’s parent failed to book the ‘party’ package
The mother whose child was invited to the event took to Mumsnet to ask if she was being unreasonable to think that the parent hosting the party should cover all costs.
She said: ‘DC (Darling child) was invited to a classmates 5th birthday party at a jump trampoline place. WhatsApp message to whole class inviting and giving time location etc.
‘Another message received a few days before party saying “If you have the socks already, bring them. If not, you can purchase them there”.
‘As I’ve been to one of these parties before I know the socks are usually included in the party, but I didn’t think too much about it.
‘Turns out she has paid entry for all of the attendees, but not for the socks or entry fee for parents.
Yet some thought the mother was well within her rights to not book the party package, because she had invited so many children
‘So she hasn’t booked it as a party. When another parent inquired about food she said that we would all be going to McDonald’s around the corner after the jumping.
‘I’m going to presume she is paying for the meals but who knows. So when I attend I will have to buy the socks, pay entry, and no doubt spend a fortune on drinks as she hasn’t got any jugs put on like they do for parties. Then have to traipse round to McDonald’s after.
‘Am I being unreasonable to think that she is being cheap, and rude? She hasn’t made this clear to other parents that this will be happening. It will cost each parent at least £10, some more as there are siblings invited.
‘My DH (darling husband) doesn’t think it’s a big deal which is why I’m asking here. I just feel it’s a big no no to do this. FWIW (for what it’s worth) she is not struggling for money in the slightest.’
Other parents were divided in their opinions.
Reaction: Many others disagreed though, saying they too would be annoyed over the situation
Some thought the mother was well within her rights to not book the party package, because she had invited so many children, whilst others said they too would be ‘miffed.’
One mother said: ‘I don’t see the issue. She has pre-warned you and as you’ve been before. I don’t see why you can’t reuse or take you own cheaper socks along with a bottle of water.’
Another said: ‘It wouldn’t bother me as long as I knew.’
Many others disagreed though, with one mother writing: ‘I know paying for entry for so many children must be costing a fortune. But wouldn’t you just invite less and do a proper party? I would.
‘She’s worded it as a party on the WhatsApp group. What if some of these parents don’t have the money to pay when they turn up? It’s so cringeworthy!’
Another said: ‘It’s like a Miss Popular party with out the cost. If money is an issue then she should invite fewer guests.’