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12/03/2014 at 10:01
It's J's 5th birthday in May. Originally we were going to have his party at a local soft play area but when I phoned to enquire they told me it was £10 per head which I've decided I'm not prepared to pay it for a bunch of 4-5yr olds who aren't that bothered about the food anyway, all they want to do is play.
My mam helps out at the local rugby club so can get the function room for free so we were thinking he could invite more people and it would probably cost less over all if we didn't get an entertainer and just played party games and had a disco. What do you think? We went to a party last month where they did the same thing and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
Would you expect an entertainer at a childs party for 4-5yr olds?
12/03/2014 at 10:03
I've never had an entertainer for my kids, and they have always had fun.
Kids that age are just happy running around with their mates, with the odd structured party game thrown in. Your local rugby club sounds perfect for that.
12/03/2014 at 10:08
I agree that they don't *need* an entertainer, but they will still need entertaining. If you have a plan of action to keep them busy then go for it. I wouldn't expect an entertainer at a kids party, no. I'd think the parents that got one so they don't have to organise party games for an excited group of 4/5 year olds were pretty shrewd though!
12/03/2014 at 10:35
We did a joint one for my daughter's 5th birthday with two of her friends. We did have an entertainer but they basically just organised lots of running around type games which we could have done ourselves. At this one there were about 40 kids in total so we were glad to let someone else do that part of it!
But the games were simple - running up and down, 'limbo' dancing, the mummy game, then picking all the toilet paper back up while the entertainer ran around taking it out again. It was perfect for them (the other two birthday children were both boys).
You could also do duck, duck, goose, as well as musical statues, and pass the parcel.
12/03/2014 at 10:56
Thanks for the opinions ladies.
I think we'll probably invite 20-30 kids, between me and H I'm sure we can keep them entertained for 2 hours.
For games we were thinking pass the parcel, corners, heads or tails, musical bumps and pin the tail on the donkey (2 donkey's so 2 groups of children).
We may have the option of using the kitchen facilities so we were thinking of doing hot dogs and burgers in buns instead of a full picky buffett. What do you think? I was still thinking of doing some bits and bobs to pick at - crisps, sausage rolls, chocolate fingers, cakes etc.
12/03/2014 at 11:27
I've been to lots of kids parties in my time and never been to one where there's an entertainer! It's just not the done thing round here. I think the disco with a few party games is totally fine.
12/03/2014 at 11:28
Your idea of hot dogs is a good one but make sure you do some picky stuff too as at my 6 year old's party at home last year I got all the kids to make their own pizza and it was going to be the main part of their party food, only a couple of them actually ate the pizza as the others didn't like it (it was yummy cos I ate the leftovers lol) so I was glad to have crisps/biscuits etc for those that didn't eat the pizza.
12/03/2014 at 11:47
All of the parties my girls have been invited to have had entertainers. However, I think that is more to do with the parents not wanting or feeling able to entertain so it is the "easier" option. I think if you have a plan of what you are going to do and then some music as they all love a dance, maybe a bubble machine, that should be good. Food wise, I think the burgers/hot dogs sound good with also some small buffet type things (sausage rolls, small sandwiches, grapes, carrots, cucumber and of course crips) would be a good idea, you would need someone else to do all of this and set it up for you if you were entertaining the children.
12/03/2014 at 12:53
Frankie, funnily enough my daughter went to a party where a part of it was making pizzas and she didn't want to do it because they had to eat the pizza and she didn't want to. Or that is what she reported afterwards. She did, however, make 15 cookies (although she wasn't allowed to eat or take home all those, much to her disgust!). She normally loves pizza so I don't know why not, but she had a good time anyway.
Hotdogs is a great idea, just do a few other picky bits of food.
At that age they will just run round and round in circles all on their own without any entertainment for a while!
My friend did a bit of a treasure hunt for one of her kid's parties. It was all pirate themed and she did maps for the children and they had to rush around and find things. That worked well.
I am picking up ideas here as my daughter has her party at the end of the month. Its only a tea party for a few of her friends as she didn't want anything bigger this year, but they will still need entertaining.
12/03/2014 at 16:26
I've also done that stuff myself, as have my friends. Seems like a lot to pay out otherwise.
I've had an indoor bouncy castle though, which was great fun. Musical statues, sleeping lions, pass the parcel, dance competitions, I've seen others do a bit of karaoke. Once you've squeezed food time in too it soon passes. Food wise, pizza, nuggets, hot dogs that kind of thing, with crisps, fruit, sausage rolls etc. And cake later. Kids don't seem to eat much at those types of things, from what I've seen.
12/03/2014 at 18:26
For N's 6th Birthday in Jan, I made masks and capes and had glow sticks, let them all run around and dance to some music, then my H got them to play games, we started with musical statues, then sleeping lions, had pizza for tea, and then did pass the parcel, I number of parents said their children has been talking about and loved the capes and masks which they could take home.
In a hall you could do races too; relays, hopping, skipping, obsticle, 3 legged, run and do 5 star jumps and back etc. that would tire them out a bit too. Other games we used to play were the chocolate game, musical chairs/bumps/statues, limbo dancing, jump rope, scarecrow tag, Kim's game.
12/03/2014 at 23:06
Cedar it is strange, they all loved making the pizzas but just weren't interested in eating them! And they really were yummy! I definitely won't do it again.
13/03/2014 at 10:31
Cleo - masks and capes is a great idea for a party. The little boys I know would love that (and the girls too, I should think).
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