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

MuttonCadet Sun 09-Feb-14 18:53:54

Sorry, but I'd think that was too late at that age.

goplayout Sun 09-Feb-14 18:54:08

Sorry, I think it's too late.

MuttonCadet Sun 09-Feb-14 18:54:42

I know it's a lot of money, but is the extra �200 out of the question? It sounds like an amazing idea for a party.

CMOTDibbler Sun 09-Feb-14 18:56:33

Way too late for mine. Latest I'd let him go to a party would be finishing at 8, and that would only be a Friday/Saturday night.

MrsDavidBowie Sun 09-Feb-14 18:57:50

Yes, too late for mine.
Can't see eight yr olds having naps in the afternoon.

My daughter is 11 and I would let her go to a party that late

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sun 09-Feb-14 18:59:50

Hmm. Would it be on a Friday or Saturday?

I'd think about it but it's very late to be being active and having cake and no- one would get to bed until 10pm...

Pepperglitter Sun 09-Feb-14 19:01:05

Mine would be fine for that time. He normally goes to bed at 9 but if he's at a party he's not tired!

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sun 09-Feb-14 19:01:06

But I'd ask the parents of her closest friends what they think, TBH - then you will know!

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Sun 09-Feb-14 19:02:31

If Friday/Saturday night I'd be ok with it (can I come please it sounds fab!)

2kidsintow Sun 09-Feb-14 19:02:55

As a one off, for a special occasion I'd let mine go as long as it wasn't a school night.

But then mine have always been very adaptable to changes in routine and will sleep later the next morning to make up for the late night.

Mine does MrsDavidBowie. grin She would sleep any time though. (Takes after me)

That's a shame, but understandable. The hire of the ice rink would cost £400 in total if we were to have it at a more reasonable time. The other option would be a very early start 8-9:30, but it's at least a 30 min drive away. Also, they'll expect food after and it'd get really expensive.

YouAreMyRain Sun 09-Feb-14 19:04:22

Too late (and mine won't nap!)

LIZS Sun 09-Feb-14 19:06:25

Go for the earlier slot (8.30- 9.30 say as an hour would be plenty for most kids) and serve a brunch of pastries and hot choc afterwards

O.k, I could find out. I was thinking of a Saturday night. That way, they wouldn't be tired from school and have a chance to nap if they want too. (It seems that mine is probably the only child who will have a nap though)

BuzzardBird Sun 09-Feb-14 19:09:06

On a weekend it wouldn't be a problem as dd is a night owl (7). Goes to bed 730 takes 2 hrs to go to sleep.

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Sun 09-Feb-14 19:09:08

Yes, too late for mine - he never naps either.

Good idea LIZS. That would be better, as long as the parents wouldn't mind an early start...
Also, is it o.k to ask them to drive about 30 mins each way, or should we hire a mini bus?

BuzzardBird Sun 09-Feb-14 19:10:38

Its the adults I reckon you will have a problem with...no wine till bedtime wink

poopooheadwillyfatface Sun 09-Feb-14 19:10:53

I would turn down an 8am start I'm afraid. but I'm lazy.

Picturesinthefirelight Sun 09-Feb-14 19:10:59

It would have been too late for mine at 8.

500internalerror Sun 09-Feb-14 19:11:56

Yes of course, if its a weekend night! They'll love it. Ds2 had to be up that late twice a week anyway, to collect ds1 from clubs.

pancakesfortea Sun 09-Feb-14 19:13:10

I would let mine go at the weekend.

Daykin Sun 09-Feb-14 19:15:07

Mine would be OK, if it was a Fri or Sat but I would struggle as I wouldn't want to keep younger siblings up that late to collect. If it's 30 min away and only a 90 min party then parent pretty much have to stay and it might be a big ask getting parents to give up 2.5 hours of their Saturday night.

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