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madame Wed 06-Aug-08 11:12:33

my daughter will be 3 in September and I want to have a party for her. When I looked into the party organisers I found out that they all average about £200.

I can't really afford that but also I am scared stiff of having it at home and having to do all the organising and the children not having enough to keep them occupied. I wouldn't know where to start.

Any advice please on what i should do?

moondog Wed 06-Aug-08 11:20:05

All you need is crisps,sarnies,sausages, biscuits, cake and drink.Maybe party bags?

moondog Wed 06-Aug-08 11:20:35

Let them run around for an hour and maybe put some music on/do pass the parcel/musical chairs. Second hour spent eating.

madame Wed 06-Aug-08 11:22:09

What's a good number to invite as our house isn't that big and if it rains

nailpolish Wed 06-Aug-08 11:24:00

at that age id invite just 3 or 4 friends round and play musical bumps, have a disco, have something to eat, cake, musical statues, then home time

moondog Wed 06-Aug-08 11:24:04

Between 5 and 10. Don't worry if it is a squish. Kids like it. Have you thought of hiring village hall? We can have ours for ten quid.

nailpolish Wed 06-Aug-08 11:24:23

an hr and a half to 2 hrs is long enough

ecoworrier Wed 06-Aug-08 11:31:03

Invite no more than 5 children. At that age, many (most) parents will want to stay too.

Party should last 1 1/2-2 hours.

Let the children play. Have a few organised activities/games every now and then. We also did a 'craft' activity - e.g. make your own party hat/crown. Have tea. Get dressing up things out, have party/pop music to dance or play along to. Give out party bags (or we used to have a lucky dip box). Send children home.

To be honest, at age 3 I would just have a family party and save bigger parties for later. Children don't care at this age.

madame Wed 06-Aug-08 12:01:58

thank you for all your thoughts

piratecat Wed 06-Aug-08 12:05:42

if the weather is fine, and you have outside space.

Put up a little slide (borrow one if need be)

Bubble machine --they will play with it for EVER

pop up tent--as above.

If the weather is rubbish, then get yourself a set of face paints, for those who can sit still. Even just doing a butterfly on the face can be cool.

Honestly the time goes so quickly.

piratecat Wed 06-Aug-08 12:07:03

yeah i agree with ecoworrier, when my dd was 4, we had 5 kids and mums over, and it was plenty.

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