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    Another good thing about no parents- less food to prepare! I used to always do cooked finger food, but now with kids only, you can get away with pre-prepared cold things. No time spent in the kitchen. My advice too is to not do a lunchtime party- make it either morning or arvo, so that you can just do snack food.

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    I was going to ask about what time would be better around 10-1 or 12-3.
    I do want to provide lunch though.
    I was thinking 12-3 would give me more time to prep in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jontu View Post
    I was going to ask about what time would be better around 10-1 or 12-3.
    I do want to provide lunch though.
    I was thinking 12-3 would give me more time to prep in the morning.
    Oh, sucker for punishment are you? lol. If you do want to do lunch, I would do an unambiguous time like 11-2. Any parties that start at 12 or 1 I hate trying to figure out if lunch will be provided or not, and I feel rude to ask.

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    Hehe I guess so!

    Good point I think 11-2 would be perfect!

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    Oh and another thought- if you do lunch, you will definitely need seating!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jontu View Post
    I was going to ask about what time would be better around 10-1 or 12-3.
    I do want to provide lunch though.
    I was thinking 12-3 would give me more time to prep in the morning.
    I always do 12-3 - 12 is lunchtime so people will know it's lunch plus as you said you have plenty of prep time in the morning - if you stick to your lists and timetable you can have it all done by party time and you can relax and enjoy the party!

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    I am going to have to be super organised!!
    I think I will likely have these foods as adults and kids both like them:
    - sushi (from shop)
    - rice paper rolls (home made)
    - salads
    - pizza (shop)
    - cheese, crackers, cold meat platter

    - birthday cake or cupcakes. Not sure yet but dd asked for cupcakes so I may take advantage of that and make plain ones then let the kids decorate. Will have to do practice run a few week before.

    Am starting to get a bit excite but also anxious 😅

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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 would assume that many parents would have a spouse or friend who could take the siblings for a couple of hours. And of the ones who had no-one they could lean on I would understand and be more than happy to host siblings. I would be annoyed if a parent saw it as their free ticket to get a break and I would be upset if they were cranky they had to being other siblings along. I would make sure there were enough seats for adults though - agree with you on that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jontu View Post
    Hehe I guess so!

    Good point I think 11-2 would be perfect!
    It's a lot less work to do an "afternoon tea" party than lunch, IME, if you are wanting to keep the workload down..and I think at 7yo, 2 hrs is plenty -1.30 til 3.30 or 2 til 4pm are great. I have found at age 6/7 after a couple hrs the kids get a bit hypo and start running around crazy.

    For a princess party, cupcake/cookie decorating is a great idea - but have a cake to serve too and the cupcake/cookies are the "lolly bag" to take home.
    Make necklaces, decorate princess tiaras/crowns.
    Girls love dancing games..

    Soo many ideas! But seriously, keeping it simple and easy will be the best way to have a good home party experience!

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    I'm planning a party for our girls at the end of the year ( not birthday) but am planning on keeping it pretty simple. Hiring a jumping castle and will have music and some games. Around 30 coming all together. Going to get a cake made I think, I'll do some cupcakes myself, order some pizzas and make a cob dip too... then do some finger foods like pin wheels and sausage rolls etc. Might throw in some jelly cups, fairy bread and lollies.

    What's the best idea for drinks? Water with some mint / lemon and a punch in those drink dispenser things? Anyone have some good punch recipes that appeal to kids & adults?

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