If DS2 has a Build A Bear Workshop party, do I need to feed them too?

(23 Posts)
recyclingbag Sun 07-Feb-16 23:20:32

For various reasons beyond my control, I think I've agreed to a Build A Bear party for DS2 who will be 7.

He is inviting 5 friends and it's a 2 in the afternoon.

There is no food or drink so, we would have to take them somewhere else for food afterwards.

Do you think we could get away with not feeding them? Or just going to Krispie Kreme for a doughnut and milkshake?

recyclingbag Sun 07-Feb-16 23:21:03

Other option is trooping them all across the shopping centre to MacDonalds.

CleanHankie Sun 07-Feb-16 23:27:31

Have taken the DD's to 3 BAB parties. Had Macdonalds for 2 of them, the other was cake and a drink in Debenhams cafe. Latter option quite acceptable and very nice!

recyclingbag Sun 07-Feb-16 23:30:07

Did you go with them? I'm a little anxious about 6 children in a shopping centre!

recyclingbag Sun 07-Feb-16 23:31:08

Ooh - Build A Bear is right next to Debenhams. That could work!

Agadooo Sun 07-Feb-16 23:31:11

Doughnut n millshake idea sounds perfect -they'll have had their lunch already-go for it!

WorraLiberty Sun 07-Feb-16 23:40:24

I think that sounds fine. Maybe tell the parents though, in case they don't give them much lunch, thinking that you might be sorting it.

If you're nervous about walking them anywhere though, make them walk in twos just like they do on school trips.

CleanHankie Sun 07-Feb-16 23:42:16

We were encouraged by the staff, to leave them for the party as it's gets crowded in the store. We then went with them to cafe. The previous parties they ate first, so we dropped them off at McDonalds.

Our BAB is next to Debenhams too, hence the stop there (Costa were too busy!)

MadamDeathstare Sun 07-Feb-16 23:46:51

I think a doughnut and/or milkshake would be fine. In my opinion if you are entertaining someone over a normal meal time you should give them a meal, but 2.00 p.m. isn't a normal lunch time so you don't need to provide lunch. As long as the other parents know that lunch isn't part of your plans it would be OK in my book.

mommy2ash Sun 07-Feb-16 23:50:28

Whatever option you choose is fine I would just let the parents know.

Kryptonite Sun 07-Feb-16 23:53:23

As someone who's taken the small people to plenty of parties over the years, I think it's absolutely fine not to sort food.
Whatever you do though, make sure it's made clear on the invite that party food isn't going to be provided, as even though it's at 2pm, parents could quite easily have given a very light lunch thinking that they were going to be fed at the party as well.
If your party is a couple of hours long and then factoring in getting home afterwards, there's a potentially long gap between the light lunch and their tea dinner to southerners who speak wrong lol !

Caboodle Mon 08-Feb-16 07:00:15

I don't think you need to feed them at all. BaB is a real treat anyway.

Caboodle Mon 08-Feb-16 07:01:13

Or, if you feel you must, sandwich/drink/cake in party bag for way home.

YouMakeMyDreams Mon 08-Feb-16 07:12:11

Donuts and milkshake would be fine. Ds1 had a build a bear party fee years ago and we went back home and had a teddy bears picnic in the garden afterwards I had made up the little cardboard lunch boxes you get in advance and put them in the fridge.
If we had somewhere easy to get to like a Krispy Kreme we would have done that. The kids would love it.

Spartak Mon 08-Feb-16 07:14:35

For the cost of a Krispy Kreme and milkshake, they could probably have a happy meal each.

SevenSeconds Mon 08-Feb-16 07:20:51

When DD had a Build a Bear party I took them to McDonalds afterwards.

Dancergirl Mon 08-Feb-16 07:27:28

What's times the party?

PuntasticUsername Mon 08-Feb-16 07:49:58

Did anyone else not get a lot of sleep last night and read the thread title thinking op was on about also feeding the builded bears? I was like "sure, gonna have to take a few pots of honey...".

No? Just me then. As you were...

recyclingbag Mon 08-Feb-16 08:15:05

Haha! Well they do have honey Krispy Kremes on special offer at the moment grin

Only reason Krispy Kremes is better option is that it's opposite the shop. MacDonalds is on a different level and over the other side.

ThePrinceofParties Mon 08-Feb-16 08:32:47

i never mind if mine aren't fed at a party, but do appreciate a heads-up beforehand so that I can make sure they've eaten/will eat later.

yorkshapudding Mon 08-Feb-16 08:41:47

I agree a doughnut/piece of cake and a drink is fine as long as you let parents know so they can plan meals accordingly.

Cheby Mon 08-Feb-16 08:54:00

We went to a build a bear party last year, I stayed because DD was much younger, not quite 2. They all trooped over to Frankie and Bennies afterwards, I helped supervise the walk through the shopping centre, but I will admit to having my heart in my mouth trying to keep track of all the other kids with so many people around.

I wouldn't mind if they got fed or not, as long as the party wasn't over lunch or dinner time and it was clear on the invite what was happening. Getting a bear is a pretty good treat for each of the kids. I was a bit of a convert, they all loved it so much.

TheFormidableMrsC Mon 08-Feb-16 10:46:11

I guess that by the time you finish, it's going to be 3 at the earliest, so I would probably feed them after (I have done the same party and we went to Burger King afterwards). However, at that time you could probably get away with drink and cake. My DD is now 17, but she still remembers that as one of her favourites...and still has her bear smile.

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