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Clumsyoaf Wed 21-Nov-12 22:48:39

Any tips for party? My other mum was going to do presents for a pass the parcel? We well mu husband ..ok - he has just finished the party bags.. A book, sweets, pencil and some bubbles -thank god for Asda. We are not going to decorate as we simply don't have the money and bro and friend are bringing a smoke machine, snow machine and a bubble machine.... I just need to get plates etc but honestly any tips? I have all the drinks bought, I managed to get a good offer on Capri suns in my local discount shop.. Desert? Does cake count? Pls any help?

missymoomoomee Wed 21-Nov-12 22:58:02

Jugs of juice and plastic cups would have been cheaper (and might be an idea to have some spare anyway)

Buy a cheap cake or cheap cupcakes and put the cake in the party bags beforehand, it costs a little more but its worth it in terms of the stress.

Pass the parcel - bags of Haribo or lollies that you can hand out when a wrapper gets taken off and put a colouring book and a cheap pack of crayons for a prize.

If you want to have a pudding then get some biscuits, they should be cheap enough or do angel delight or jelly in plastic cups.

putthehamsterbackinitscage Wed 21-Nov-12 23:00:13

Keep the food simple.... No naice ham n sausage tolls wink

Kids of that age are happy with biscuits crisps and cake..... It's easy to do and not too bad to clear up after.... Don't bother with sandwiches etc..... Or if you do keep them simple - jam, cheese etc ... Very few kids will eat them at parties....

If you're doing pass the parcel, wrap up something nice for the final layer, then layers of newspaper with some sweets as a consolation in each layer.... And enough layers for each child to have a "turn"....

Cake as dessert is fine....

VivaLeBeaver Wed 21-Nov-12 23:01:26

Chocolate fingers, etc for pudding.

I've never bothered with a second cake. Just take the one, do the candles bit and then quickly cutoff some slices and wrap in paper napkins and put in party bags.

Remember a knife for the cake if you do this.

caramelwaffle Wed 21-Nov-12 23:02:01
VivaLeBeaver Wed 21-Nov-12 23:02:28

And I pass the parcel watch the kids so each one gets a turn!

Musical statues is a favourite.

caramelwaffle Wed 21-Nov-12 23:03:37

Oh and welcome to Mumsnet smile (what an entrance) grin

Have fun on Sunday.

My tip for 4yo's, dont plan too much. With a bouncy castle in the mix, there's bound to be more chaos than games going on!

annie987 Thu 22-Nov-12 00:19:03

We always play pass the smarties instead of pass the parcel. If the music stops you get to eat one. Also good with the big tubes of fin sized sweets. Much cheaper and no faff.

ShiftyFades Thu 22-Nov-12 00:27:06

Bubbles etc sounds perfect, my DS just turned 4 and he just loved running around with his friends.
Sorry I didn't read your post in time to add to it. What an intro to MN!!!
I've spent 2 hours reading the whole lot <need to get out more>

Good luck with the party. Hope Coffee Potty/Doggy has the sense to ring or text you and you manage to clear the misunderstanding up.

You must be exhausted sad

missnevermind Thu 22-Nov-12 00:27:28

I saw a good one on here last week.

Get the kids to stand in a circle, take the lid of a tin of Roses/Heroes etc, throw it in the air!

mumnosbest Thu 22-Nov-12 00:29:37

I hear shared parties are often a hit grin welcome clumsy smile

echt Thu 22-Nov-12 05:33:13

My DB's advice was to take two sliced white loaves, butter them, then throw them in the bin. Cut out the middle man. grin

HecatePropylaea Thu 22-Nov-12 06:27:23

Hi. What happened in the end, did you talk to her?

i would normally at least pretend to give you advice before asking grin but I have no clue at all about parties for 4 year olds.

HecatePropylaea Thu 22-Nov-12 06:27:47

Oh, and if telling me will get this deleted, please PM me grin

missnevermind Thu 22-Nov-12 06:36:49

Hecate don't be selfish.
Give some advice.
Why do you think the rest of us are being so civilized grin

HecatePropylaea Thu 22-Nov-12 06:40:15

ok. of course <hangs head in shame>

Don't give them fruit shoots or sausage rolls. Serve pombears.

you're a MNer now.

Sirzy Thu 22-Nov-12 06:49:12

Have music and things with you to play some musical statue/ dance competition type games but dont plan too much. With a bouncy castle and entertainment the time will fly by.

Don't forget to leave a bottle of wine at home in the fridge for when it's all over!

SavoyCabbage Thu 22-Nov-12 06:52:28

I love Capri Sun. It makes me howl on Gavin and Stacey at Gwen's barn dance when Nessa offers Dave a Capri Sun.

You should always do far less food than you think you will need. It never gets eaten.

No bouncy castle......<runs>

kittyandthegoldenfontanelles Thu 22-Nov-12 06:58:49

Sainsbury's basics do lovely midget gems, choccy buttons and the like for 30p a bag. Also jaffa cakes which my husband assures me, tastes exactly like the real deal.

Cack like that followed by birthday cake should be fine. grin

Good luck! Your party will be the best!

MummyPig24 Thu 22-Nov-12 07:05:25

Good luck with the party! Keep food simple, sausages, crisps,.biscuits. A lolly in every layer of the pass the parcel. Musical bumps is good for little ones.

Lots of sweets. Birthday cake. Get a room full of 4 years olds hyped up on sugar. Make them run about for hours screaming and laughing.

Then send them home grin

DowntonTrout Thu 22-Nov-12 07:20:56

So glad you are having your own party and proving that you weren't too tight to pay for shared costs!

I have loved the twists and turns of the threads! Hope your DD has a lovely time!

(just a little note now you're a fully fledged MNer, threads like this go in Chat as it is no longer an AIBU.) I will watch out for any more Clumsy says.... Threads!

I second music for musical statues. Buy a bag of plastic medals for prizes.

Fakebook Thu 22-Nov-12 07:26:29

We could go halfies if you like clumsy, I'll bring the food and you provide the entertainment, hope you've put my Dd's name on the invitations. ;).

DowntonTrout Thu 22-Nov-12 07:36:34

And I agree about jugs of diluted Squash, sugar free if poss.

They will want more than one drink each as they will get hot and thirsty on the bouncy castle.

3b1g Thu 22-Nov-12 07:44:17

Don't make too many sandwiches as hardly any will get eaten.
Bring some sticky labels to put the name of each child on their drink; bouncy castles make children v.thirsty and they'll need to drink constantly.
Have a piece of paper ready to write down contact numbers of parents who might want to drop and run (some parents of four year olds do).
Bring plenty of wipes and a few bin bags to help make the clear up easier.

By the way, I have twins, do you fancy having a joint party with them for your daughter's fifth? grin

diddl Germany Thu 22-Nov-12 07:45:19

Oh yes-pass the parcel-my Mum used to have a note pad with which layers the things were in & then write down who had something!

When I had "birthday tea" at home we always had jelly & blancmange for pud-but then often no one wanted cake so it was sent home in a serviette.

Maybe if they´re running around pudding is best avoided-just do the cake or have some small sweet biscuits or something?

diddl Germany Thu 22-Nov-12 07:48:38

Musical statues, musical chairs,squeak piggy squeak, pin the tail on the donkey, blind man´s buff(?)-the old ones are the best!

EverythingInMjiniature Thu 22-Nov-12 08:08:13

Welcome to MN. Was watching the other thread with interest. What are you putting in party bags? Good luck.

Spatsky Thu 22-Nov-12 08:40:20

Get some wrapped sweets or other tiny prize, put them in balloons, blow up balloons, get kids to pop balloons to get the prize.

A great one if you don't mind the noise of balloons popping.

HecatePropylaea Thu 22-Nov-12 08:49:59

Just the ONE bottle, Sirzy?

After a gaggle of four year olds?...

Sirzy Thu 22-Nov-12 08:56:07

Good point Hectate, get a case of wine in ready!

ImperialStateKnickers Thu 22-Nov-12 08:59:58

Morning Clumsy, just having a quick sesh before doing all the work I failed on due to watching yesterday's titanic saga... there's a section called Parties or Celebrations or something like that for party planning tips. Glad you seem to be sticking around the Viper's Nest (but could your next thread not be quite so epic - thanks to you fridge is empty and I've got three loads of washing and only time to run one grin)

LaCiccolina Thu 22-Nov-12 09:04:19

Good to see ya clumsy! Hope u have a fab day! smile

My top tip write a thank you card and insert into each party bag before: like
Thank you for coming to my party. I hope u had a lovely time. Thank u so much for playing with me and also tank u so much for ur great gift!

That way that's all done and saves trying desperately to remember who bought what.

Someone will no doubt disagree next.....

foslady Thu 22-Nov-12 09:14:06

Moring! Cheap pud? Choc ices - that's what we all did round here - no bowls needed and 10 pack supermarket brand are cheap!!! If you have the helpers you could always do mini hot dogs (Small bread buns sliced in half across the top to make 2 long thin buns, put down on the cut edge then slashed across the top and put in a mini hot dog and a few bowls of oven chips/smiley faces - ok not the healthiest of meals, but it's a tots birthday party!)

Have a great time!grin

QuiteQuiet Thu 22-Nov-12 10:27:26

My child is hyperactive, so I like to have his friends Mums view of my life from time to time, son lots of E numbers, skittle work, they are full of E numbers, full fat coke and Haribo sweets, guaranteed to have a rocking party!!

Welcome to Mumsnet, sorry that you have joined you have just gained an addiction. wink

QuiteQuiet Thu 22-Nov-12 10:29:06

Oh yes Alcohol is a must, for you for Sunday evening, I do not advise anyone to drink on a school night but Sunday well, okay the next day is a school morning but just go for it, have a fantastic day!!

WhoWhatNow Thu 22-Nov-12 10:33:12

Can you plug an ipod and speaker in so they can have a bit of a dance - no need for party games then. And yes the medals for prizes are fab - Asda etc do them. I wouldn't bother with dessert. I would assume most people would drop and run. My dd2 is in her first year of primary school and most of the parties she's been to - parents haven't stayed.

Catsdontcare Thu 22-Nov-12 10:36:37

Oh yes to skittles my little sister used to go off like a rocket after a pack of skittles!

Anyway do you know if ALL your guest are coming wink

Clumsyoaf Thu 22-Nov-12 11:25:09

I got 14 yes's this morning... (a few reluctantly actually which was a little disheartning)and 5 nos so thats at least 26 kids defo... i just posted this on the other thread:

Hello, just reading up – Can I just say I didn’t say that I have never ever BEEN on a talk forum I said I had never posted… im a regular lurker on the experience project! Anyway, to anyone who does not believe my experience that’s ok, I survived a morning of rather humiliating awkwardness with people I am probably going to be stuck with for the next 11 years – this is nothing! And to all of you who have given me support – thanks again. Re the party, someone asked me what was n the party bags – I ordered some books from the book people (Meg and Mog, marvelous manners etc) so they shall be getting one of those, my husband got some haribos in a big bag from asda last night, a bouncy ball and a blow out thingy. 30 bags all ready to go. (although some of the books wont fit in the bag so will be handed separate (lord let me remember everything I need to do) im not doing a pass the parcel as brothers friend does all that, he has asked for a few big bags of sweets which he will use to replace his stock. I think the entertainer AND the bouncy castle is too much thinking about it - the entertainer does 1.5 hour, half hour for cake and food so they probably only use it for half an hour – but no going back now. Gonna nip out to the pound shop to get some table covering and plastic plates and that’s it. My kind mum in law has stepped in to help me with sandwiches and thanks for the tip – I shall make half of what I was going to! Sister in law is going to wash and get ready all the fruit. So I think im getting there. Slowly but surely.

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 22-Nov-12 11:36:01

You can play pin the troll under the bridge. That always goes down well.

QuiteQuiet Thu 22-Nov-12 13:45:06

One word...... paragraphs

And you are repeating yourself, what is he experience project purleeese, I'm fick as bat-shit!

Clumsyoaf Thu 22-Nov-12 15:21:36

its a forum where they have a section for partners serving in the armed forces QuiteQuite

QuiteQuiet Thu 22-Nov-12 15:38:31

Oh that's nice. Sorry you having a shitty time, my mind is racing I have no idea what's going on tbh! Is everything cool?

QuiteQuiet Thu 22-Nov-12 15:39:26

Oh good you have the haribos and a bouncy castle so I am thinking your party is fine now ?

QuiteQuiet Thu 22-Nov-12 15:50:55

Okay I have had, all the party confusion explained to me, I have to say Clumsy, bloody well done for not letting this get you down. CD sounds like a bit of bitch from what I have read.

CwtchesAndCuddles Thu 22-Nov-12 15:55:26

A very simple a popular came with little ones is "pass the hat". Sit in a circle, when the music starts you pass the hat around the circle - each child must put it on before passing it to their neighbour. When the music stops the person with the hat is out. Continue until there is a winner. A hard hat is easiet, we used a red sparkly top hat I found in the loft!

Ilovecake1 Thu 22-Nov-12 17:03:24

Good on you and very glad you have a lot of "yes's"! I bet it all feels like a bit of a relief now...to be without the other mother!! Did you see her this morning? I hope you all enjoy the party and please keep updating to how it all went.
I really think you could have done without all of this with the worry and stress of your husband going away on Monday!!

Shaky Thu 22-Nov-12 17:10:55

Lots and lots of balloons for them to run around with to burn off all the sugar grin

ShiftyFades Mon 26-Nov-12 17:37:00

How did it go? We went to one on Saturday and the kids had a great time on the bouncy castle, I think I might do it next year.
Genuinely hope both were a success.

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