Thanks @SSecret Squirrel - that is so well planned and organized. I need to work that out before hand.
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!
Last edited by sparklebug; 16-03-2016 at 02:45.
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
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.
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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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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