So DH and I got an invitation from some friends as follows: "You are invited to celebrate the first birthday of our daughter <name> on <time, date etc.> for coffee and cake." It arrived less than a week before the event so we figure we've been forgotten until the last minute. No problem. I had a prior commitment so DH goes with DD (and a birthday present) as he wants to see these friends, who we only see once a year or so.
He came home tonight and told me that when he got there, everyone was in suits and posh dresses. In short, it transpires today was the child's christening and it was the afterparty at their house that he was attending. Only he and one other family were in casual clothes, everyone else was dressed up and evidently had been to the church for the ceremony.
Firstly, isn't it a bit strange to invite people to the afterparty of a christening only? I know it can be done with weddings where you only invite people to the evening party but never heard it done with a christening. Secondly, shouldn't they have told us exactly what we were being invited to? DH was expecting a birthday party.