Is 8- 9:30pm too late for a party for 8 year olds???

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Hi, I was thinking of hiring our local ice skating rink for our daughters birthday party. It's only available for private hire at this time, unless we pay an extra £200! I wanted it to be private hire, so that we can have the "Frozen" sound track playing and have balloons around etc.
It's really not going to be worth it though if the parents think it's too late and no one ends up coming. My daughter is always in bed by 7:30pm, but if she has a little nap she can stay up much later.
I thought as they would've already eaten, we could just have a birthday cake and flasks of hot choc.
What do you think? If it was you're child, would you let them go? Parents are invited too by the way. smile

Tryharder Wed 12-Feb-14 21:46:05

It is late but I'd still accept the invitation.

BooseyAndHawkes Wed 12-Feb-14 21:11:34

Ah, yes - that would be a different matter!

Picturesinthefirelight Wed 12-Feb-14 16:56:45

Ok fair enough. I guess it would be different for us as dh has had training to drive the school minibus where he teaches.

BooseyAndHawkes Wed 12-Feb-14 16:47:13

What's wrong with a hired minibus? Who's going to drive it? I wouldn't fancy entrusting my DC (or myself, come to that) to some random person who thinks that being able to drive a car qualifies them to drive a minibus safely.

I'd still be perfectly happy with late party, though.

UniS Mon 10-Feb-14 17:52:40

another for the no camp. we can keep the boy up beyond 9pm once in a while. But its only going to be mid school hols with nothing planned for a day either side. He will take a nap but the fall out next day is messy.

Gladvent Mon 10-Feb-14 15:52:19

I'd wait until they are older. Its a brilliant party idea though!

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 10-Feb-14 15:49:36

Well, you might think it's miserable but OP was worried it wouldn't be worth it if no one ended up coming - and the thread shows that quite a few parents would have reservations.

I still think it's worth checking with the parents of DD's closest friends directly though as who knows if they'll be the "miserable" sorts or the "party on" sorts!

Picturesinthefirelight Mon 10-Feb-14 14:27:43

What's wrong with a hired minibus?

AwfulMaureen Mon 10-Feb-14 14:13:18

Mine went to a party for a friend which was a meal out in a fun restaurant...they got back at 10.30 pm! I was angry as the meal began at 7.30! I think the one you're thinking of is for older DC to be honest. More like 11 year olds.

ouryve Mon 10-Feb-14 14:11:47

My 10yo struggles to stay awake past 9pm, except in summer, when he can't sleep if it's at all light.

matana Mon 10-Feb-14 14:08:40

I think the divided opinions here are an indication of what you'll get in rl. Better to rethink the plans than two thirds of the children don't come...

Wishihadabs Mon 10-Feb-14 14:08:17

It is miserable to say, it would mess up my Saturday night and worrying about eating cake and being late to bed for one night ffs. These kids are 8 not 18 months, I take it they never go to weddings where they might be out late eating cake........

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 10-Feb-14 14:00:36

Wish, I don't think it's a question of being miserable - OP is about to spend a fair bit on this party so if lots of people don't come it will be expensive and sad for her DD.

MirandaWest Mon 10-Feb-14 12:31:24

My 8 year old DD would be ok with that timing wise. Although she's not great at skating and possibly frustration would come out more later on in the day - you could end up with a lot of 8 year olds getting over emotional.

I would much prefer a late party to one that starts at 8am though. That would be an unpleasant start to a saturday - there's a reason why no one has 8am swimming lessons in our house grin

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 10-Feb-14 12:25:36

It sounds fab but would be too late for our 8 year old.

By the time you've paid for the minibus (or minibuses - I assume there'll be quite a few there to create a decent atmosphere on the ice) and wine wouldn't it be cheaper to pay the £200?

Wishihadabs Mon 10-Feb-14 12:22:16

God you lot are miserable. I think it's a great idea for a Saturday night (I love ice staking). Part of having kids is ferrying them about, be that 7am swimming or 10pm pick ups. I feel sorry for your dcs if you think your Saturday night is more important tbh.

jamtoast12 Mon 10-Feb-14 12:17:44

I'd be fine too and mine are 8 and 6. Can't see a problem at weekends....the kids would love it. Most kids I know of 8 these days can last til 10pm if with their friends (different if sat in front of tv as they tire much more easily then).

AthenaAshton Mon 10-Feb-14 12:15:11

Regardless of the timing, there is no way I would let any of mine go in a hired minibus!!!

Sounds a great idea for a party, but perhaps better for older ones. My oldest is 11, and I'd say it would be fun for that kind of age-group.

(disclaimer: we have never done big/expensive parties for any of ours).

LoopyDoopyDoo Mon 10-Feb-14 12:14:25

I'd be fine with it. Mine are 2 and 4 smile

uc Mon 10-Feb-14 12:10:51

I'd say too late.

Also, if we had plans to go out as adults that Saturday night, it would stop those too.

Why the rush? Save it til she's older. (you'll spend less time picking up cold 7/8 year olds who can't skate and just get wet and frozen (literally!) by then too.

Mama1980 Mon 10-Feb-14 12:09:46

My ds is 6 and I would let him come no problem in fact he has been to a similar 'late' party, it wasn't a issue for anyone I don't think.

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter- Of course you can come, if we end up having it. I would've invited earlier, but your name was difficult to remember. grin

PortofinoRevisited Sun 09-Feb-14 20:35:16

I think it is too late and would be worried about potential injuries. We have a permanent rink in Brussels in the winter and the number of FB posts of broken wrists/arms.......

muminthecity Sun 09-Feb-14 20:31:38

I would definitely let my DD come, she is 8 and often stays up until 10-11pm on a Saturday. In fact, we often go out for dinner with friends or to family parties at the weekend which finish later than 9.30pm. I'd much prefer that to an 8am start!

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Sun 09-Feb-14 20:19:50

Have you asked some of the parents about the lateness mummy ?

The minibus idea would def be an incentive for parents to relax and enjoy it more!

<still sat here in Sochi leotard and full winged peacock eye make up waiting for invite...drums fingers...>

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