A mother’s birthday party invitation for her twins sparked an annoyed reaction from a parent whose child was invited. But, the complaint on Facebook sparked a backlash towards that parent, not the party mom.

The anonymous parent was met with criticism after she questioned the mom’s £6 ($9 U.S.) per child fee request to attend her 5-year-old twins’ birthday party at Fun Valley, according to Fox8. The single mother, who is identified as Ru Ali on Facebook, said she didn’t want any of her kids’ classmates left out so she invited all 60 of them.

Then one parent whose child was invited to the event, vented on a U.K. neighborhood Facebook page:

She wrote:

My 4yr old has been invited to a classmates 5th bday party.

The said parent has hired fun valley and stipulated a payment of £6 per child on the birthday invitations.

My older kids are in secondary school and in all my years of hosting and being invited to kids parties,I have never been asked to pay for attending a party.

Is this the done thing nowadays?

But instead of slamming the twins’ mom, commenters called the parent out for sharing her complaint on Facebook:

The twins’ mom responded to the anonymous parent’s post. She pointed out she isn’t asking parents to pay the full cost. The mom herself is chipping in almost half the cost, £5 ($7) per child, plus the cost of food, playtime, and a goody bag:

Ru Ali wrote:

Hi this invitation was from me for my Twins 5th Birthday party, and yes I have attended many classmate parties at fun valley & 360 & paid a lot more! The party rate per child on a Sunday is £11 per child, however I only put a cost of £6 per child due to the fact that I have invited 60 children! 30 from each class & some will bring siblings!! Therefore I will still be paying £5 per child cost for every child that attends! Also this invite includes playtime, food, and extra special goody bag worth £5 for every child that attends. I am a single mother with twins, and I spoke to many parents about how to organise the party & how many children to invite etc! I could not invite half the class & not the other half so that is the reason. I’m shocked to see this post on Facebook, my number was on the invite & you could have messaged me to ask about it. Hope this clarifies this and I’ve already had 40 children get back to me to say they are attending so it’s sure to be a great party. Best Wishes.

Supportive messages flooded in, urging her to blow-off the parent’s negative post:

Did the anonymous parent handle the party invite wrong, or should the blame fall on the mother for asking parents to pay?

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