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11/03/2013 at 21:43
J will be 3 in June. For iz's 3rd birthday we went to a localish soft play and had a party with about 8 of her friends. Iz will be having her 6th party a month before and is having a swimming party with 20 children. I can't decide what to do for J's birthday (early I know but I like to plan).
Party at the same soft play. Invite 8 of his friends plus his sister and a family friends 2 children. Problem is that his friends are 2nd children and a number of them are friends with Iz. They would be taken to the softplay by their parents but when it came to eating it would be odd because Iz and friends child who are 6 would be with the 3 year olds and then her friends wouldn't be included.
Invite siblings as well who are Iz's friends. Would be expensive.
Pirate entertainer (J saw him at another party and loved him), would have to hire a venue and do food and would be more expensive but could invite more kids. However when Iz was 3 and we went to a party with an entertainer I thought it was OTT for a 3 year olds party.
Which would you chose and is there any thing else we could do? We don't want to have it at our house.
11/03/2013 at 22:00
I would probably invite fewer friends plus siblings.
11/03/2013 at 22:07
I think Leela's suggestion is good. I would probably opt for the least expensive option at this age which I think that would be.
11/03/2013 at 22:21
I've just written a list of names that I we would invite which includes his sister, cousin and 2 family friends plus 3 close friends and with siblings its 14! So the entertainer would work out at about the same price.
11/03/2013 at 22:26
I think if it's similar price then I'd go for the entertainer, especially if you think J would prefer that. Or hire a hall with a bouncy castle and let them run about for a couple of hours!
11/03/2013 at 22:34
I would love to hire a bouncy castel weekender. I suspect that J would go a bit crazy on it though!
11/03/2013 at 23:12
Yes if the entertainer works out the same price then it seems like a great alternative. Also with the entertainer there is less chance of bumps and bruises than a bouncy castle!
12/03/2013 at 04:23
It's so tricky with siblings! If its the same price I'd go for the entertainer in a hall. I agree it can seem ott for a three year old, but it avoids awkwardness of older siblings not being able to eat etc at soft play. The kids will have a ball whatever you do, so do what's easiest/least awkward. I was put off a self catered hall party as I didn't want to make sandwiches [lazy mummy icon]. We had a hall for M's fourth birthday in the summer and I did a shed load of oven chips and chicken nuggets which went down a storm and were really easy. Hth.
12/03/2013 at 08:18
I would invite the children who are your younger child's friends. Don't really see why older siblings have to be included (apart from yours of course!). I would let your older daughter invite one friend so that she has someone to play with. When my daughter was that age, we had a party and one or two of her friends had older or younger siblings. They came along to the venue but weren't but didn't get any food as they weren't invited. None of the parents who did this expected their children to be given food.
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