A friend of mine just got an invite to an end-of-seaon party for her sons softball team. It's usually a big gathering, and the invitee (another mother of a player) generously offered to host the party at her home this year.
The house has a pool and a nice backyard. Perfect place to have a party.
Host called my friend up today to say that due to the amount of people that will probably be coming, she's going to have to enforce some "rules".
Rule #1 There will be no alchohol at the party.
Rule #2 The only people allowed in the pool will be the softball team members. Siblings of the team members will not be allowed to swim.
This is really not a rule, but I'm gonig to call it Rule #3
Host is also asking everybody to bring a lawnchair, so that everybody can sit outside.
Host made it clear that she wants people outside, and not inside.
Guests were asked to bring a dish, and told that whatever funds the team had left over from the year would be going towards hot dogs and hamburgers.
What do you think? Is the host being incredibly rude by not letting the other kids swim, or is this appropriate because it really is a party for the softball team?
I guess I don't have a problem with #1, the host might be a recovering alchoholic adn not want alchohol at her home. No biggie. If guests cannot live without a drink for a few hours, maybe they should stay home.
#2 is not going to fly with every family that has siblings of the team member. There are going to be lots of crying kids if not everybody can swim.
To me this is just being unreasonable, and mean.
#3, bring your own chair is not a big deal to me either. Do you think the fact that the hostess made it clear that she want's people outside and not inside was rude?
My friend is considering RSVP'ing that she's not coming because of the rules.
Would you go? It sounds to me like this lady doesn't want to have the party at all.