I've been to two parties for kids in the past few months, and I noticed that at both parties, one of the attendees was super excited for the present given to the birthday child. And they just couldn't wait to open the present, and once the present was open, the guest child ripped the packaging open so they could play with the present. Is this normal?
I was really put-off by this, because in both cases, the present was toy with a zillion little pieces, and after 3 seconds of ripping the packaging open, the little pieces were ALL OVER THE PLACE. If I was the mom in any of these cases, I would have been really upset about this.
I tend to only set out some of the toys for my son (he is 2.5 years old now), because first of all, he has his favorites and spends most of his time playing with those. If there are too many things out all the time, he will play with something for 3 minutes, scattering everything everywhere, and then go back to play with his current favorite. And then I step on something, and have to muffle my curses, and generally feel grumpy about the toys everywhere.
Anyway, if I was the mom at these parties, I would have let them open the presents, but then set them out of the way. I wouldn't have let the kids play with the new presents at the party. Is this unreasonable?
We had a party for my son when he turned 2, but it wasn't at home, it was a children's play place, and we didn't have time to open the presents at the party. I remember though, one of the girls we invited did ask a lot about opening the presents, but as I said, we were busy with food and cake, and actually playing on slides and things like that, so we didn't have time. I wonder how something like that should be handled when we have a party at home?
What do other people do?