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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.

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

You'll find some ideas if you click on here

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.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Wed 21-Nov-12 23:28:38

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.

TantrumsAndBalloons Thu 22-Nov-12 07:07:49

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!

TheOneWithTheHair Thu 22-Nov-12 07:25:20

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. ;).

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