Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Your Turn

Over the weekend, Taylor Armstrong got hammered at the birthday party of 4 year old Portia Richards. It got me to wondering whether you think it is appropriate to have alcohol at party for kids, and to get drunk at a kid's party.

48 comments:

seaward said...

Why does everything lately have to be about Real Housewives?

FrenchGirl said...

as long as you don't finish drunk or the kids don't drink,where is the problem?

MBK said...

Appropriate? I think it's necessary!

Mama Abroad said...

Amen MBk.

Frufra said...

In the predominantly Hispanic world I'm from, it's expected, necessary (word, MBk), and fun! Of course, don't get tanked, and have lots of Capri Suns and Jarritos for the kids. Just thinking about it makes me want to go get a piƱata and rent a jumpy castle.

Del Riser said...

The kids shouldn't have access to the booze, and there should be enough sober adults to supervise the kids, and drive them home.
The woman who plans the party is in her own home and doesn't have to drive, for putting up with all this, she can get hammered.

Rickatoo said...

It's inappropriate to get hammered, it's fine to serve

anita_mark said...

If you're going to make adults show up for small children's parties, the least you can do is provide alcohol. But don't get rip-roaring drunk, have some dignity.

But like Seaward asked, why is everything involving Real Housewives?

DueDiligence said...

Only if it's YOUR kids that the party is for. In fact, it's probably necessary.

Popcorn Sutton said...

Yes and yes. No one wants to be there. They just show up to support the parents and maybe pinch the kid's cheeks. I'm not really sure about this situation since it is for reality tv, but in real life, I think it's okay to serve alcohol at a child's birthday party as long there are designated drivers. I would never want a parent to drive drunk with a child in the car, or ever for that matter.

Bit dams said...

i don't drink, so little different perspective. i don't think its ever appropriate to be drunk. wouldnt bother me if booze was offered, if it was a bbq w/ mostly adults (kids 3 & under) i'd probably have beer & wine.

commandeered said...

Enty, why the hard on for Armstrong?
It seems like you are always posting dumb crap about her, it's not even juicy stuff

Anonymous said...

Serve one type of alcohol and limit how much is available. I know it sucks but it sucks even worse to have an adult ruin a child's birthday b/c of their drunk antics or to send a very intoxicated parent home with a child in the backseat. Limit your guest list as well. If you know people who have a known problem with alcohol or a low tolerance as well as an inability to say no, leave them off the guest list. Hell, I leave these people off the guest list when I have grown up parties. Leave the drama at the door or you don't come in.

Maja With a J said...

I think it is perfectly alright to serve alcohol to the grown ups at a kids party, but as a guest (or host for that matter) it's not OK to get hammered. Embarrassing. It's also probably a good idea to have a designated sober person, in case there is a need for driving or something like that.

RJ said...

First, I am so tired of all the Real Housewives posts. I've never seen any of these shows, and I don't know who any of these women are. Nor do I ever want to know who they are.

Now as to the question about alcohol, I don't think it should be served if you know that some of the adults who will be there can't handle it. I know kid's parties are boring for adults, but a kid's party should be about the kids, not the adults. It isn't going to kill anyone to go a few hours without drinking. Of course this is coming from someone who goes several months between drinks so maybe I'm the wrong person to have an opinion on this topic.

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

I don't think I would serve alcohol at a kids party because sometimes adults get out of hand and the last thing I would want to do is explain to a kid why mommy smells "funny". Plus, that happened to me at my 5th birthday and a drunk neighbour popped all my balloons.

Ms Cool said...

Family story - my sister was about 4 and mentioned at her birthday party that she always wanted an upside-down cake. My grandmother was a few sheets to the wind and promptly turned her layer cake into an upside-down cake.

This is a funny anecdote but I think anyone who gets hammered at a little kids' party is an attention whore.

Mhdz said...

I'm Mexican, so of course I'm used to alcohol at children's birthday parties.

Ms Cool said...

Ugh - I meant kid's party rather than kids' party

shakey said...

My sister always had birthday parties at late afternoon/night because it was just family and friends. If we got hammered, we slept it off somewhere in the house. No one ever got embarrassingly hammered, though. Poor Kennedy.

McSpanky said...

Enty is trying to expand the demographic, and why not. Lots of chicks and gays in that demo. And if you don't know who Taylor Armstrong is then you have missed a drama worthy of Dostoevsky.

As for drinky at the party, what MbK said. I mean mBk. I mean MBk. Hic.

Vivster said...

I don't think it is ever appropriate to be "hammered" in front of small children in a setting such as this. For whatever reason I picture Taylor as a fall down, sloppy drunk. That being said, I think it is fine to serve some alcohol at a kids birthday party. Why do you think they sell beer and wine at chuck e. cheese?

DixieTheNoble82 said...

Being hammered in front of children (your own or others) is a big no-way, IMO.

Del Riser said...

Holy Crap!!!! I was kidding about getting hammered.

I'll rephrase, after the party the mom who hosts deserves a drinky poo or two.

EmEyeKay said...

God no! Are you kidding?

Popcorn Sutton said...

I should clarify what my yes and yes mean. Yes and yes to booze, no to blackout drunken antics.

Dementia said...

Ms.Cool-liked your story. Agree with your conclusion. Housewives are the same level as Kardashians - lets lose them Enty. Please.

Amber said...

I've been to kids' birthday parties where the hosting couple doesn't drink, but they provided beer and wine for their guests. It should be obvious that you don't get hammered, but you can't control what people do.

My BF & I have discussed whether or not it's okay to drink in front of our future kids, and we still can't decide. Never be drunk, but could of a glass of wine at dinner show a healthy relationship with alcohol & set an example for when they do almost inevitably decide to experiment?

RenoBlondee said...

It's the thing that makes Chuck E Cheese tolerable.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but I just don't find it appropriate to drink when you're with kids. Maybe one or two drinks, but someone is not going to know when to stop, and then you have childhood traumas like all your balloons being popped, or Grandma turning the cake upside down. Plus, aren't they going to be driving the kids back home after the party?

I guess I have a prudish outlook on drinking because I'm not fond of being drunk, and very seldom drink.

auntliddy said...

of course it's not appropriate!!! Who's watching kids, driving them home if they are bombed??? jesus, You cant abstain for 3 hours??

kfg said...

Not for Taylor Armstrong. She should just say no.

Cake said...

Depends- is it a booze cruise?

jbeebs said...

Nope, not appropriate not cool!

discoflux said...

I don't think having booze a ta kid's party is a big deal. Responsible adults will only have one or two within a decent time frame. A responsible host will also work to ensure that their guests aren't getting plastered, too.

This was a case of irresponsibility in general on the part of all adults involved.

anita_mark said...

Why is it assumed that everyone is going to get drunk and drive?

Seriously, if I have to go to a kid's birthday party, you'd better give me a glass of wine. I'm not going to get drunk and if I'm driving, I'm not drinking. But good God, give me something while I'm listening to mothers drone on and on about whatever shit they talk about.

My husband and I have cabbed it to his parents place for Christmas dinner because we need to drink to survive that evening.

MISCH said...

These parties are social outings for the parents thats why the nannies are there...

Carrie L. said...

In the real world I don't think it's appropriate, especially if the parent is getting in the car with their kids after the party & driving home.

But this is BH world...I agree with MISCH, nannies are watching the kids & the limo drivers are standing by.

mooshki said...

The weird thing is that Kyle said on a past season that she doesn't think it's appropriate to have alcohol at a kid's party. I wonder what happened - do you think Taylor walks around with a flask in her purse? Wouldn't be surprised...

car54 said...

The alcohol? only if Bravo is filming the kids party.

Portia is four already? One of the cutest housewife kids ever....she's a little doll.

Lelaina Pierce said...

YES to alcohol. NO to getting Frank the Tank drunk.

Lori said...

I dont have, or like, kids, so if I'm going to their party, you can bet your sweet aunt fanny Im getting fershnookered!

joymama said...

Portia's last name is Urmansky not Richards.

Taylor got drunk at the White Party in season 1 (only one I saw)and was crying when Kyle was trying to put Portia to bed.

MadLyb said...

I used to drink after my daughter's B-Day parties with the other moms. After hosting a kiddie party, you sort of need one, or ten. During? Kinda tacky.

Wil said...

Have we really gotten to a place in evolution where we can't suck it up for a few hours and drink Kool Aid or pop at a child's party? REALLY??

After .. when the little people are not present and we don't need to be watchful of them .. fine. But during?? Hell no.

Susan said...

OMG. I love how passionate the responses are to this question.

I have no problem at all having a drinky-poo at a kids' party. It helps dull the screeching, crying, whining and sounds of Elmo piercing my brain. Plus, it helps with answering the barrage of questions you get regarding your non-existent second child who is not on the way. Oh wait. Maybe that's just me.

I really don't see how having a glass of wine or two is going to scar the childrens of the world.

auntliddy said...

I am astonished at the number if people who "need" a drink to get thru a kids party!! And other events!! Also, when i think of kids party, i am thinking of the 1 to 4 deal with just under 10year olds, which is fiff from a backyard barbie where u also happen to be celebrating child's birthday. Totally diff vibe, and i wld offer beer. But needing a drink to sit theu kids party? U got problems, my friends.

slab99 said...

When did it become normal for adults to hang out at a kid's party? When I was young, the only adults were the birthday child's mother and anyone there for entertainment - clown, magician, pony handlers, etc.

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