One mum was left fuming after her daughter’s friend returned a party bag from her birthday celebration.
Taking to Mumsnet to express her anger, she explained that she let her daughter invite four friends over for a birthday sleepover.
They had a takeaway pizza, sweets, a film, birthday cake, nail painting and games. The mum shared, “In total, the 'party' cost less than £50.”
The mum explained that she purchased gift bags rather than the regular plastic party bags. She put pens, a notepad with each of the girls' initials, a little nail varnish set each, a book, a pair of novelty socks, some sweets and a piece of birthday cake in each bag.
Her daughter even popped some thank you notes into the bags too.
She shared that each bag cost no more than 12.50, “Given the party was cheap in comparison to previous years (soft play, hall hire, pass the parcel) and my daughter and I had fun making them up I wasn't bothered.”
The mum was shocked when her daughter returned home from school with one of the gift bags. She also had a letter for her mum from her friend’s mum, “The letter basically says the bag was too generous as a party bag and her daughter was returning it as she (the mum) couldn't let her accept it.”
The mum and her daughter were both embarrassed, “Her friend told her that her mum says I try too hard.”
The mum shared that she barely knows the other mum and is completely livid by her actions.
She asked, “Was I unreasonable or is she?”
Most mums agreed that the woman was incredibly rude and she should have just accepted the gift.
One user wrote, “Wow, her poor daughter. She must be so embarrassed. What a mean mum. The gifts were nice. It was a really small party so I think it’s fair enough.”
Another added, “I think that is a very generous party bag, but there were only 4 of them, and it was incredibly rude of the mother to return it in that way.”
“You’ve done nothing wrong except make an effort and been nice,” one said.
What do you think? Does the mum have a right to be annoyed?