Dinner for 4 only, no kids please
I invited a couple over for dinner in a few weeks. Ever since their first child was born, they brought the kids everywhere with them (4 star restaurants included!). We haven't even seen the couple without their children in over 7 years. I want to express to them that I meant for the parents to come to dinner, not the kids. We are a childless couple and enjoy entertaining, but do not have a childproof home (and they have a toddler). This is the only couple we know that assumes an invitation includes the kids. Unfortunately, the mother is very easily offended and I'm afraid of offending her over this. I can explain it to the father without problem but don't know quite how to put it, and any way I put the request will go to his wife verbatim.