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    I think it's a bit odd - I also grew up in the 80's and it was always the inviter paying for the McDonalds etc.
    We also didn't get to have a party every year - it was every 2-3 years for us which I think was fair.

    I wouldn't be bothered about bringing a plate - but also asking you to bring your own drinks and a present seems a bit too much. You could always host a party at 10am or 2.30pm and just supply chips/Lollies etc. I don't think anyone would expect anything more at those times of the day.

    But paying to enter a playcentre for a birthday party? I wouldn't be happy with that

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    .... It's not as if the date creeped up on them, it's the same each year. Plan ahead 1 $2 bag of chips or lollies in the groceries every week, hey even every 2nd week for a few months before if your that strapped for cash.

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    You don't need to spend a fortune to give your kid a party though. We grew up very poor, Mum made a cake and we had some homemade food and popcorn. I got to invite about 5 friends. We played pin the tail on the donkey and a few other games - the prize was a lollipop or something similar. The problem is now kids expect so much and parents all compete, each pass the parcel wrapper needs a prize and party bags are full of ridiculous things.

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    I find it a little strange, however I would still attend. It's not much bother to pack a picnic lunch, I would probably cheapskate on the pressie though.

    For the first 8yrs of her life my DD1 was an only child, she had a birthday party every year to celebrate with her friends, it certainly wasn't to get presents. In fact, I get embarrassed when people bring gifts. Kids just want to play with their friends, they don't care about who supplies the food or drink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    It's not something I would do but if DS liked the kid then sure we would still go, it's not the kids fault his parents are like that - I usually offer to make something anyway so it wouldn't bother me
    This

    A child's birthday party should be special and I wouldn't want the poor kid to miss out on having friends there just over food. I'd never hold a party without any food though, quite odd really.

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    Hmm that's weird. I agree with other pps, make it a morning tea or arvo tea so don't have to cater a lot of food.
    Or if bringing food and drinks then a present shouldn't be expected.

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    I did a BYO drinks lunch party. Also told people to bring a plate to share if they had anything ready and easy in their fridge.

    Asked for no gifts for the birthday boy.

    I think BYO drinks and food is ok, especially in a park! Wouldn't phase me at all

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    I didn't realize you needed to cater for food and drinks to call it a party?!

    To me a party is a gathering of friends, no matter who pay for the food?!

    What a weird attitude!!

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    Its amazing to me that so many think that this child can't call his party a party because food isnt provided! Are you kidding me?!... If he has one person there and they enjoy it its a party! A party is whatever you want it to be/can afford and if someone has a problem with bringing a sandwich then that's there problem! Don't let children miss out because of adult narrow mindedness

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    Parties come in all shapes & sizes. Who really cares about the food and more particularly who paid for it??? The reasons behind the style of party isn't even anyone's business. Go or don't go but personally I wouldn't base it on whether food was provided.

    As long as the birthday child feels special and hopefully the guests have a good time, it's a party.


    Party on!

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