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    With the 3 rd birthday party DS went to yesterday 3 hours was perfect - they spent the first half hour playing, the next hour with the performers, the next half hour eating and doing the cake and the last hour playing - I thought that was perfect!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just*Ace View Post
    It shows just how different 3 years olds are lol my DD's 3rd birthday party is 11:30-2:30, there is about 5 other 3 year olds coming and none of them nap! I have found with birthday parties they are usually so excited that they don't get too tired! I wish my DD would still nap lol
    Maybe it's because DS goes to daycare and the toddlers all nap at around 12... But on the days he is home it's less likely he will nap, although he does get tired late morning. It makes it hard to plan stuff!

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    Depends on the age of the toddlers. If it's mostly 1 - 2 yo's then 1.5 hours is HEAPS unless you want lots of tears. My almost 2yo sleeps at around 12:30pm, so 11 - 2 or 12 - 3 party invitations would mean I would probably say no to the party to be honest. 10 - 12 with morning tea or 10:30 - 12:30 would be ok. 11 - 1 would be just ok. I just know that I don't want to deal with tears & tantrums just to go to a party of another toddler. My ds is 6 and his parties have always been 2 hours or less and even that has seemed long for the kids.

    Alcohol ... I don't see the need in the middle of the day at a kids party. Most people will be driving a short time after going to the party, so I don't think it's a good risk. Will anyone miss it? I wouldn't think so, it's a kids party after all.

    Animal farm, generally running around and playing, food and cake will fill 1.5 hours - 2 hours quite nicely. Don't need to over plan with toddlers. Lots of toddlers (and older children) are scared of people in masks or with heavy face makeup like clowns, so I wouldn't rush to do that at all.

    Keep it simple. You need to enjoy the day too. There will be lots more parties and honestly 2yo's are not going to remember this party in years to come ... save the good ideas for the parties for the older children

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    Ok my party questions.... (Sorry for crashing your thread OP!)

    I'm doing a pass the parcel. Kids age range from 2-7, older kids (5/6/7) are boys. I'm just doing something small in each layer like a chocolate, but should I do a main prize? If yes what sort of thing works for that age range?

    Next question, I'm doing a hot lunch as its at a community hall so some things are easier to reheat in microwave there as the oven is tiny. There will be lasagna, potato bake, fried rice, chicken wings and rolls. I know some kids don't eat that sort of food so was going to do nuggets, frankfurts and some small sandwiches...do I need to do a salad or veggie platter? I mean its a party they don't need their veggies do they? Any other easy kids foods you would recommend?

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    Oh wow thanks for all the replies. These are so so helpful. You guys are wonderful yet again. :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

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    We just has my twin boys 3rd birthday party on the weekend 10:30-1 (most arrived closer to 11). It was at a miniature railway park with with train rides.
    I didn't give lolly bags, I got train shaped crayons and packaged them nicely.
    As for food, we were in a park so didn't have hot food. Had finger food with a couple of "kids party food" options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just*Ace View Post
    Ok my party questions.... (Sorry for crashing your thread OP!)

    I'm doing a pass the parcel. Kids age range from 2-7, older kids (5/6/7) are boys. I'm just doing something small in each layer like a chocolate, but should I do a main prize? If yes what sort of thing works for that age range?

    Next question, I'm doing a hot lunch as its at a community hall so some things are easier to reheat in microwave there as the oven is tiny. There will be lasagna, potato bake, fried rice, chicken wings and rolls. I know some kids don't eat that sort of food so was going to do nuggets, frankfurts and some small sandwiches...do I need to do a salad or veggie platter? I mean its a party they don't need their veggies do they? Any other easy kids foods you would recommend?
    For younger kids we do pass the parcel but its a box ( a cute gift box about the size of a shoe box) and there are little toys inside ( matchbox cars, stickers, balls etc something for the age of the kids) so when the music stops on you you open the box and pick a prize - a lot easier than unwrapping paper as toddlers make a mess and don't really get it but they all stay interested as they see the toys in the box!

    I personally don't give the nugget/Frankfurt type food at our parties but still do cute party food but just make it a little healthier but still fun - ( plus all the adults love kids cool party food!) I do salmon sausage rolls ( you could do chicken or beef) crumbed chicken tenders, meat balls, mini pizzas , mini falafels, mountain bread wraps, crumbed chicken wings, fairy bread shapes and I do raw veggie sticks and dips and cheeses ( you'd be surprised the kids do eat it) and this year I'm adding chicken noodles in little noodle boxes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post

    I personally don't give the nugget/Frankfurt type food at our parties but still do cute party food but just make it a little healthier but still fun - ( plus all the adults love kids cool party food!) I do salmon sausage rolls ( you could do chicken or beef) crumbed chicken tenders, meat balls, mini pizzas , mini falafels, mountain bread wraps, crumbed chicken wings, fairy bread shapes and I do raw veggie sticks and dips and cheeses ( you'd be surprised the kids do eat it) and this year I'm adding chicken noodles in little noodle boxes

    Yum!! Now I'm hungry for falafel, think I might call mil to make a falafel delivery for lunch......

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    Urgh invites!!! Hate this part I come from 2 different cultures, parents recently split, both sides/families cant be in the same room especially now my dad has a new (younger than his own children) bride.

    Hmm might just invite friends only!!!
    Do you all invite everyone? Just friends? I can't have 2 separate parties?? Oh this is annoying me the most.

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    Split families would be hard - if its just your dad thats the problem can you maybe just invite him and new wife over the day before or after for dinner to spend time and see the kids?
    We always invite relatives/adults and make it one big party as 2 would be too much!

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