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13/12/2013 at 10:40
I'm after your top tips after your kids parties please
What would you do again? What wouldn't you bother with?
13/12/2013 at 10:41
In what way?
13/12/2013 at 10:58
Well, it's E and S's birthdays in Feb. E at the beginning and S at the end of Feb. So thinking a joined one will be ok, especially as they are both close in age too.
Planning on hiring a hall, which includes bouncy castle hire. Then looking at maybe a balloon modelling person?
Foodwise, I had thought about doing the packed lunch boxes things and then maybe doubling them up as party bags too?
What do you think? Most of the children will be 3, a few family children will be slightly older.
13/12/2013 at 11:04
I think prepping the food beforehand is always good to do. We were going to do packed lunches for L's party but the expense of them plus pots for the foods etc became to much so I went with platters and paper plates.
13/12/2013 at 11:07
See, that's my worry, it needs to be cheap as poss, but if I can do away with the party bags by doing food this way then it could be a better way of doing it.
13/12/2013 at 11:08
How would you use hem as party bags afterwards? You'd need to let parents know not to throw them, the kids not to rip them open or muck about with them....
13/12/2013 at 11:12
I think it'd be cheaper to do platters Chids. You just feeding the kids?? 2/3 yr olds don't eat that much, and they also don't need impressive party bags.
If you are having a balloon modeller, that could be their take home gift
13/12/2013 at 11:15
When we went to a party the other week they did the food boxes, and inside they had a little packet of chocolate buttons, a cupcake, a sandwich, a packet of cheddars. So thought that if I perhaps also added a packet of crayons, maybe a small toy of some description, then it would cover the party bag too?
13/12/2013 at 11:17
But that would be opened whilst eating and then when they leave you'd be not handing anything to them.
I think platters and balloon as AK says. She's the party Queen!
13/12/2013 at 11:27
We went to a party (well my daughter was the guest, not me ) where they used the boxes to put the party bags in. But I think it created an extra hassle as they had to get all the boxes back from the children. My daughter hadn't eaten all her food and had already given the box to me to take home with her food in it. So they were searching for boxes.
Bouncy castle and balloons sounds great. Just remember that bouncy castles are noisy and some children don't like the noise of the generator, particularly when its indoors so plan alternative things for them. For my daughter's 4th birthday we had a bouncy castle and there were other things like hoops and balls that they could use too.
13/12/2013 at 11:30
Ok, so platters could be the better option I suppose.
How long do you think for the party? Will two hours be enough?
13/12/2013 at 11:32
Ak - I shall only be feeding the children. If I get the room I want then there is tea/coffee for the adults and then i'd do biscuits/cake.
13/12/2013 at 11:35
2hrs is plenty for the party and my suggestion is get the children to eat 30mins after arrival. It helps them to become more social with each other for any games later and keeps their sugar levels up rather than them waning after 90mins of playing.
And good point about the noise, Louie is very noise sensitive and actually doesn't like bouncy castle so have other things for the kids to do
Will s be allowed on bouncy castle? When iv enquired u had to be 3 and the last party we went to with a bouncy castle L and the older children were very rough on it.
We did a joint party last year which I'd never do again but there's 3 years between my 2. All isaacs guests were so little and Ls guests so boistrous.
We did pass the parcel, musical bumps, I had a ball put for the babies
We are doing separate parties this year. L at soft play with a disco and Isaac in a hall.
For Isaac I'm doing packed lunch boxes, ball pit, slide, those little times cars (just like a mums and tots group tbh) music and pass the parcel. And loads of balloons.
Cedar - I thought maybe some craft tables for people who didn't fancy the bouncy castle.
I think my problem is, I want to recreate the party that E went to a couple of weeks ago. It was brilliant, they had a Peppa and George pig come and meet the children, they had a bouncy castle, they had a soft play area which they'd hired, and they had a face painter. Then the food was in boxes which for them seemed to work. The party was 2pm-4.30pm. They did the food at 4pm, so the party was pretty much over by then, so the kids just took the boxes of left overs home with them. Then they gave each child a packet of chocolate buttons in cellophane as a treat, rather than full on party bags.
So i'm trying to pinch their ideas, without actually having them think that I've copied, which is why i'm thinking a balloon modeller person instead of face painter.
13/12/2013 at 11:38
2 hours is plenty, especially for such young kiddies.
When I have hired a hall and bouncy castle for C, it has been for 1 hr, 45 mins. They had 1 hour of "play time", then 45 minutes to eat. It was in separate rooms though, so easy to stop them playing.
There were giant games "jenga, connect 4 etc, supplied by the hall, which the younger kids really liked. Could you take some of E and S's toys??
Chids my friend suggested a craft table last year and I mentioned on here and to my h and people weren't keen, my h said it was a party and kids wouldnt want to sit and coloyr in, anyway I just put some colouring stuff and how to make a gruffalo mask and it went down well. I think cos a lot if the boys were boistrous they could go there to chill out iyswim so il do it for Isaac this year definetely
13/12/2013 at 11:40
Chids it's your kids parties so you do what YOU want to do. We're just saying on experience it would seem difficult for the way I do things.
13/12/2013 at 11:42
CP - tbh, it's mostly a party for E, she is the one with friends to invite so to speak. S doesn't go to groups/playgroup etc, so his only friends would be family children and my friends who have babies.
S probably wouldn't bother with the bouncy castle, he didn't at the party I've previously mentioned.
13/12/2013 at 11:43
belle, I know you're right, just picking all your brains too.
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