I had a great back yard party for DS last year - we have a big cubby house and I actually bought a jumping castle ( also looked at hiring one but bought mine at target for $400 instead of $250 to hire for the day and is still going strong after 2 years!)
We just did a treasure hunt and pass the parcel as they just played on the jumping castle and cubby all afternoon - I did heaps of food and made my own lolly buffet and it was a really great day but I had 3 SIL, mum/dad and MIL and DH to help with all the cooking/decorating/cleaning so it was easy - I've also had 2 home parties for my niece and all her friends still say ours were better than all the fancy parties the other kids did!
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24-07-2014 16:20 #11
24-07-2014 16:33 #12
Yeah see that sounds perfect and manageable if the numbers are cut in half.
I just had visions of 25 kids and a heap of parents I don't know to entertain too.
I wouldn't drop and go if I didn't know the parents of the birthday child so I can't expect others to.
I will have a bit of help, my sis is coming over the night before if we go ahead.
24-07-2014 16:37 #13
Sounds like a plan! Invite his friends say 10 kids max and start planning! Oh and let me know if you need ideas - I swear I was a kids party planner in a previous life
24-07-2014 16:50 #14
Hahaha, good woman.
24-07-2014 17:29 #15
Another idea for you Phony, around where I live there are community centres/neighbourhood houses where they hold playgroups, yoga classes rtc during the week. In the weekend they are available to hire in a 3 or 4 hour block for kids parties. They usually have toys, play equipment, a small kitchen, kids chairs and tables etc. And the cost of hiring isn't much, $50 an hour I think or thereabouts.
We've been to several parties like that and the kids love them, usually the mums set up a craft activity, pass the parcel and maybe another game, then the kids just run silly on the equipment. You need to set up before and clean up afterwards but usually the guests' parents help out too.
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24-07-2014 19:00 #16
yep - people do understand that you cant invite everyone.
Some will invite the whole class - but many do not. And as they get older, most just have a few friends.
(we found in pre-primary there were maybe 1/2 who invited the whole class - but now, by grade 3, we haven't had a single one where everyone has gone. Mostly its just 8-10 kids)
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25-07-2014 06:48 #17
I've decided to just invite the ones he's friends with.
That's around 9 children (and siblings) then he has other friends coming too.
I know most of the parents and I'm OK with them coming around.
Some might drop their kids off and some might stay but they're all lovely so either is fine with me.
With half the numbers now it's much more manageable.
How do I go about inviting them withot upsetting other children?
25-07-2014 07:19 #18
I didn't invite the whole class- I just asked my son's teacher to pop the invites into the school bags of the kids we were inviting so there was no fuss made at school and no one got upset. But honestly- most people will just understand. I wouldn't think too much about it!
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25-07-2014 07:23 #19
Oh good idea
Yeah I hope so.
I'm finding there's a bit of a divide with the parents of boys and the parents of girls. I suppose that's natural.
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