We usually throw a huge Halloween party at our house and invite over about 30-35 friends and family members. This year, we are holding an Oktoberfest-themed party at the end of September due to the fact that my sister-in-law is due to have a baby sometime within the two weekends when we usually have the Halloween party.
One year, we allowed children. The next year, we asked people politely to find babysitters since we had spent all of our time the previous year trying to strike the balance between a good time for adults and being appropriate for kids. People still brought their children and they complained about cursing, drinking, etc. even though we warned them it was an adult party. So, rude behavior of some guests aside, we are inviting the same people again (some are family and it would be very tricky not to invite some and not others, etc). My question is, which of the following invitation wordings would work best for people who maybe didn't get the message when we asked them verbally? Or should we call the people who brought their kids last year and explain, leaving it off the invitation altogether?
Note: The party, weather permitting, is outdoors, meaning that it would be especially inappropriate for little ones who won't have a place to take a nap, watch tv, etc.
Due to the nature of the party, adults only!
No children, please.
Absolutely no children (seems harsh, but there are a few family members who think it applies to everyone but them if the message is too gentle)
For the safety of any little ones, please leave them with a babysitter.
Or any other suggestions?
I understand this sounds like a dangerous event or something, but we are quite responsible (always have a sober person on hand, we block off our yard to prevent wandering away, we take keys and we allow anyone who needs it to stay overnight). It hasn't gotten out of hand in the past, we just don't want adults to feel like they need to hold back because of kids.