dinner invite for dad and his girlfriend

Charlie and I have been dating for 5 months. I have met his friends Pat and Carol once, they have inquired a few times about my "still being in the picture" and were told "yes I was". I have met their son Scott once and Charlie's son Ed is completely aware of our having been together for 5 months, although until recently he has been away at college. Ed is not completely on board with our relationship as I believe he may have some jealousy or trouble splitting his Dad's time with me, which I believe will pass. Charlie is 60yrs old, I myself am 51, Ed is 19.

The situation is this, Scott's parents, Pat and Carol planned a dinner for his birthday and extended an invitation to Charlie, which he accepted and attended. The invitation was not extended to me. It was a dinner including Scott, his parents, Ed and his girlfriend, Scott's sister and Charlie. My question is, am I wrong for feeling a bit of a dis? Should the invite have included me?
Just curious.....
Thanks ~ Katherine

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by: Ms P Etiquette

Hello Katherine,

Your question has many layers of relationships in it, making a single answer possible. However, it is up to Charlie to ask if you are included or to explain that his relationship with you is substantial. I doubt this has happened and 5 months is a very short time to expect the family and friends to include you. Give it time and be pleasant to all concerned. The more you show a gracious nature, the better chance you have to actually become an important person in this small group.

Good Luck,

Ms. Practical Etiquette​

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