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ohohohitsmagic Sun 26-Jul-15 23:18:37

what the fuck am I going to do. I've invited 36 people (18 kids) to my small house for a birthday party thinking it would be warm and people could go in the garden and it's going to rain. Help me!!!!!

SavoyCabbage Sun 26-Jul-15 23:23:22

How old are the dc?

TensionWheelsCoolHeels Sun 26-Jul-15 23:24:26

Oh dear. I'd be tempted to postpone due to bad weather - major sporting events have done the same, surely people will understand?

InTheBox Sun 26-Jul-15 23:24:42

When is the party due?

MakeItRain Sun 26-Jul-15 23:25:52

You can't uninvite them! Can you borrow any sort of cover for the garden? Can you spread the party throughout the house? And show a good film to keep a fair few occupied?! When is it? "Home" is out on DVD in a couple of days!

GiddyOnZackHunt Sun 26-Jul-15 23:26:46

Argos had Gazeboes on offer confused

mrsfuzzy Sun 26-Jul-15 23:26:56

i'd postpone too, it'l take time to sort out but at least you needn't worry.

ohohohitsmagic Sun 26-Jul-15 23:32:02

A week. Kids age from 1-7. It's only a couple of hours but I have no idea where everyone would fit!!! I think I have maybe ten seats fifteen at a push. I'm going to cry. I can't postpone as family coming from far far away

littone Sun 26-Jul-15 23:33:17

Is there a local church hall you could use?

TigerFeat Sun 26-Jul-15 23:37:27

The weather's going to be ok next weekend, or so I thought.

Were you not expecting anyone to sit down even if the weather is nice?

sadwidow28 Sun 26-Jul-15 23:47:09

Failing to borrow a gazebo to continue with outside activities (and believe me, that doesn't work because some children think they will melt in the rain!), this is what I did:

bedroom 1: Build a Den (lots of spare sheets, towels, wool, net curtains etc) - treats served when the den is erected and all children safely inside.

bedroom 2: A film (age appropriate) with icecream and popcorn for half time

bedroom 3 (or dining room): card games with little sweet treats. Snap, Newmarket, Follow the Ace are good for this.

kitchen: baking cakes for the party, putting snacks in dishes etc

lounge: blowing up balloons, making a birthday banner, making cards for birthday child/colouring.

At least two adults supervising per room whilst you finish off the party food. (Do a swap-over rota so adults can join in the adult time)

sadwidow28 Sun 26-Jul-15 23:49:12

Do you have a utility room where this could be an activity?

cogitosum Sun 26-Jul-15 23:51:40

We had the same planned for today and managed to get a hall yesterday. Thank fuck as we were expecting 20 and ended up with about 50!

MidniteScribbler Mon 27-Jul-15 00:19:17

Wouldn't you still need chairs, regardless of the weather? Or were people just going to be standing around all day?

GiddyOnZackHunt Mon 27-Jul-15 00:39:45

Blankets in the garden. Ask people to bring garden chairs.

LovesYoungDream Mon 27-Jul-15 01:15:39

Yanbu to postpone or you could try renting the local parish hall/community centre? Homestore+more were doing a sale on garden stuff, they might have a suitable outdoor cover?

OhWotIsItThisTime Mon 27-Jul-15 06:17:55

Gazebo. Clear out the shed, put in fairy lights and use it as a party den. Borrow some tents - kiddy party dens.

crazykat Mon 27-Jul-15 06:21:22

I'd either try renting a hall or get a gazebo or two for the garden, if some guests are travelling then it's more difficult to postpone for a week.

It all depends on the type of people you've invited, my family would carry on regardless and just make the best of it and my dcs would happily play out in the rain, some friends are the opposite and must believe they'll melt in the rain.

Flossyfloof Mon 27-Jul-15 07:08:48

Get people to bring along chairs or beanbags. Smaller kids can have cushions or laps.

TagineKaput Mon 27-Jul-15 07:18:13

I wouldn't necessarily believe the weather forecast for a week away, it may well end up being fine. But if not then I don't think you can cancel / uninvited people, just go with some of the suggestions above.

ohohohitsmagic Mon 27-Jul-15 07:32:17

we are lucky enough to have two gorgeous spacious very comfortable outside seating areas but the seats are huge and would take up too much room inside.

I already thought of bedroom play and tent play but there one kid I have to invite who frequently whacks other kids so I can't trust that child not to ruin everything for everyone. supervised is a good idea though, I hadn't thought of that. I'd prefer people not to be upstairs but I don't see what choice I have.

The tent idea is great but we have some special princes and princesses who would indeed melt in the rain so if some don't go then will they all not go?

We don't have a shed but I do have a tent I could throw some glowsticks and toys in......

These are great ideas people....

Turquoiseblue Mon 27-Jul-15 08:06:41

I would go with hiring a local hall or room in a local pub if you could.

SeriouslyIRegisteredtoAskThis Mon 27-Jul-15 08:31:18

Just send an email saying "the party is in the garden and will be happening whatever the weather, please come dressed appropriately"

pilates Mon 27-Jul-15 08:51:39

Op, not sure where you live but I thought most of the UK are getting nice weather for next week.

SheHasAWildHeart Mon 27-Jul-15 09:06:25

My neighbour but one has a gazebo and every so often they have a little party with fairy lights up - everyone always sounds like they're having a fun time!

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