From an etiquette standpoint, if one is invited to a party that lasts from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm, is it reasonable to expect that some sort of dinner will be served?
DD (age 3) was invited to the birthday party of one of her classmates. It was held at a party-type place she has been to before, about twenty miles away from where we live. DH attended the party with DD, and I was surprised that they didn't return until almost 9:00 pm. I was also surprised to them returning with fast food (which my daughter fell upon ravenously, albeit rather sleepily!) Apparently, the children at the party (ages 3 - 4) were only served juice, cookies, and cupcakes.
DD has been to many of her friends' birthday parties, and there has always been more substantial food served, ranging from elaborate spreads (mostly for the parents, I guess!) to plain cheese pizza or hot dogs. I could see if the party were held at 3:00, or 4:00, I might not expect anything other than cake or ice cream. But if a party is held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, is it a reasonable assumption that some sort of dinner would be provided? Should they have said something on the invitation? And should I ask about this for future parties?