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AIBU to cancel dd's birthday party if the weather's awful?

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Amester Wed 29-Jul-09 17:12:21

DD is 2 next month and we would like to have a garden party for her with a bouncy castle and bbq. Now if the weather is awful as it is at the moment do I still have to have the party (but inside) or could I cancel? The thought of having a house full and entertaining people inside stresses me out. Plus I don't think dd would enjoy having the house absolutely full of kids.

We'd still have a few people over (family, close friends) if it rained so dd would still have a little party.

What do people think would it be bad form to cancel due to weather? I suppose people might keep the day free and then if we cancel, be annoyed that they kept the day free.

Feel really confused about this - help!

GoldenSnitch Wed 29-Jul-09 17:15:34

If she's 2 she won't really understand who is and isn't coming so I would keep your options open.

Invite just a few special people so if the weathers horrid you can have the party inside then if the weather report looks good, send extra invites to the rest....

Only problem might be getting a bouncy castle at short notice

MrsMellowdrummer Wed 29-Jul-09 17:28:45

... or see if you can find a local village hall to hire as a back up? Ours only costs £11 for a 3 hour party, so not much lost if you don't end up using it.

Yes. I now someone who did this once and thought it was very rude. If you plan on having an outdoor party then you must have a back up plan for if it rains.

Blondeshavemorefun Wed 29-Jul-09 18:42:56

agree back up plan either hall or in your house

we are having a party on monday

im praying for nice /dry weather

dont really want 35children in the house


i wouldnt cancel it as 3 and 6yr would be devasted as would their friends!!

if it rains

<blonde shudders>

then in the house they will be then i will be having a large glass bottle of wine at 7pm!!

<does sun dance for monday>

Firawla Wed 29-Jul-09 19:13:57

i think you need to make some back up arrangements as it would be very rude to cancel it at the last minute
for a proper reason like major illness, bereavment etc its okay but not for weather!

proverbial Wed 29-Jul-09 20:14:01

I had the opposite last year, planned a BBQ/outdoor party for DC's joint birthday last year, it rained and no-one came. And I had moved everything indoors and made food and everything. Most didn't even bother to call, just didn't show.
Still a bit pissed off about it. angry

Amester Wed 29-Jul-09 20:30:27

Thanks for all the replies.

I guess I need to start planning for an indoor party unless we get lucky with the weather. I've already reserved a bouncy castle and they say its fine to cancel with no charge if it rains so thats good.

Goodluck with your party on Monday blonde, hope you get some sunshine!

zanz1bar Wed 29-Jul-09 21:39:38

DD party on saturday and the forecast is really shitty, so I have today sorted out village hall as a back up but no idea how to entertain 28 year 1s. All my plans included water/water slides/paddling pools.

This will be the third year running DD birthday party has been washed out.

raffyandted Wed 29-Jul-09 21:50:47

Proverbial, how rude of everyone. And upsetting for your DC. Can't believe people wouldn't even bother to ring to see if you were still having some sort of party.

We have a huge garden but unfortunately most of it is steep bank, so I am resigned to indoor parties.
I guess the only thing I could suggest is that if people have an outdoor party planned, put something on the invites saying something like 'party will take place indoors if the weather is bad' so that they will not assume its just cancelled.

Blondeshavemorefun Thu 30-Jul-09 18:26:33

how rude not to turn up or even say not coming!!

Amester - thanks and hope you manage to sort out a hall etc for yours

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