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    Thanks @SSecret Squirrel - that is so well planned and organized. I need to work that out before hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jontu View Post
    Thanks @SSecret Squirrel - that is so well planned and organized. I need to work that out before hand.
    If it all falls apart, remember it is okay to just go with the flow!

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    Since its going to be hot, you don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, for the adults i'd just do cold platters, cheeses/crackers/dips/deli meats/fruit platters ect. once you pick a theme, you'll be able to google/pininterest food ideas, same as games, at 10 they still like party games, so decide how much time you want you want to take up with organised activities, I usually give them a little free time on arrival, then once they get to rowdy we start party games, then food, free time while I get the birthday cake set up, then a little free time before going home.If you want parents to stay id definitely write it in the invite, I actually prefer when invitations state wether i should stay or go, its just so much easier!if you have a rough plan on what and when it won't be daunting

    ETA; @ElijahsMum we just had a lego party! I recommend Lego biscuits decorated with royal icing were super easy and had kids and adults both very impressed!
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    I have had many of my kids' birthday parties at home and I hate it. It ends up being more expensive and time consuming for me than a venue party as there's food for kids and adults, the decorations, setting up, cleaning up afterwards, party entertainment, huge preparation, plus you run around like a mad man on the day making sure everyone is eating, got drinks, happy etc. and I find it really hard to relax and just watch my child having fun on the day.

    Having said that, I am having my daughter's 8th birthday at home this year in May She wants a disco party. I've already booked the disco people. Can't say I'm excited about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jontu View Post
    Thanks for all the replies. I don't have a theme yet as it is still a few months away. Dd has mentioned she likes princesses so most likely will be a princess party.
    Some of my specific concerns are:

    1. seating arrangement.
    I don't have enough chairs or tables for kids or parents. Not sure if I should hire for the day or buy. If I buy then I have storage issues. Also if the at home party ends up being too much work I may not repeat it.
    I don't have any family or friends who I can borrow from.

    2. Food
    I would like to have food for adults and kids.
    I don't want to spend the whole time in the kitchen cooking. And it's going to be in December so likely to be really hot. Not sure if I should do bbq or do finger foods eg sandwiches, spring rolls, sushi (store bought).

    3. Games
    I will prob do pass the parcel, pin the tail on the donkey.
    Will look on pinterest for more ideas.
    Was also thinking of setting up a jewelery making station with beads and elastic for the kids to make and take home.

    4. Gift bag/party bag
    Still undecided on whether I will do this. If I do the beading thing then that woukd probably be their gift.

    5. Parents
    For 7 yo do parents usually stay or just drop off? I woukd prefer they stayed. Would it be ok to put that on the invite?


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    I don't do set seating arrangements. But I do hire chairs and tables.

    I would order food or get caterer or depending on the time you can just make sandwiches.

    For games I get an entertainer, lol

    From experience, it really depends on the parents if they stay or not. I've seen quite a few parents just drop off at this age and come back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMF View Post
    FWIW, if I was made to stay at a child's party, drag siblings along and keep them happy (also some boys are allergic to princess parties), and then expected to stand for 2+ hours, I wouldn't be impressed. Sorry OP.
    I totally agree with this.

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    Me too. Unless I knew (and liked) the other parents, it is painful to stand around and make small-talk, whilst ensuring one's 2-year-old doesn't get in the way/whinge/trash the place, etc.
    I admit to much preferring the "dump and run"-style of party!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I have had many of my kids' birthday parties at home and I hate it. It ends up being more expensive and time consuming for me than a venue party as there's food for kids and adults, the decorations, setting up, cleaning up afterwards, party entertainment, huge preparation, plus you run around like a mad man on the day making sure everyone is eating, got drinks, happy etc. and I find it really hard to relax and just watch my child having fun on the day.

    Having said that, I am having my daughter's 8th birthday at home this year in May She wants a disco party. I've already booked the disco people. Can't say I'm excited about it
    This is definitely what I am worried about. All the preparations and the running around like crazy! That's why I want to plan ahead so if I think it's all too hard then I will research other options.

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    Don't stress OP. For my last party, I just did sausage rolls, party pies, chips, dips with crackers and carrot sticks and a bit of fruit. And cake of course. The dip and fruit barely got touched!

    My first party I did heaps more food options and have been lowering it since as we had so much leftover. Next time I don't think I will worry about dip or fruit either. Kids don't eat it and it takes time to cut it up. I spent much less time preparing this time and had more fun.

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