I have to throw a 3yo's birthday party next saturday and am really stressed about it as I'm not very sociable and am rubbish at such things! I think if the weather is ok we may be fine- how does this sound... 7 x 3yolds and their parents, 11-1pm, start with balloons and bubble machine in the garden, have lots of toys, balls, trampolines around and let free play, ply parents with alcohol, treasure hunt ( any tips of how to do a treasure hunt? will 3 year olds get it?), food on a rug in the garden then cake, finish off with pass the parcel. What do you think? BUT if it's raining I haven't got a clue what to do- any suggestions?
Sounds lovely. If it is raining, do very simple games like musical bumps (sit down when music starts) and musical statues (stand still). Give a tiny prize to each child as you eliminate them, and no need to have a bigger prize for the winner (though you can if you like). Pass the parcel is also great. Treasure hunt sounds lovely - I do a mini-egg hunt. They just have to go and find them - works every time and fine to do indoors as well as outdoors. No need to be clever about hiding the eggs, and have a few spares to dole out to the ones who don't find any!
Party games are brilliant for small kids because it forces you to gather them in one place. They then realise how much more they want to play in the dc's room with their toys and run off as soon as they can. Job done!
Put a blanket on the floor and have an indoor picnic for the tea.