Am I mad having a party at home for my 9 yr old daughter - she is inviting 6 friends so there will be 7 of them in all. Hoping for good weather so they can go on the trampoline I will also do their nails and put some music on so they can have a mini disco. Will cook pizzas for tea with lemonade and ice cream for dessert.. My worry is I have to do it alone as need my hubby to take my son out as it really isn't a 7 yr old with ASD's thing!! Would it be rude to ask one of the mums if she could stay to help- or should I be able to manage alone. They are all quite highly strung girls all want to be the best and can all be quite bolshy when together. Don't think I thought it through when agreed to a house party. I don't have a family support network like a lot of families so have no family I can ask for help. Am I mad or will I cope??
One suggestion - you can have a 'make your own pizza' segment in the party. Just have a whole lot of bases (one each), then set out the sauce, cheese, and other toppings in little bowls. They can then help themselves and have competitions about whose pizza is the biggest, whose is the nicest looking etc. Lots of fun for 9 year old girls.
I usually do parties at home - most people where we live do. We do one guest per year of age.
DD actually organised most of her own 9th party - as in she was very specific about what she wanted, she planned the games and made cards for some complicated mystery game she'd played elsewhere and wanted to replicate. .. mostly I did food and one main activity which was perfume making using kits I bought on amazon (was a hit).
I find you need two adults - or an adult and a teen. We also have 2 younger boys so whilst the boys tend to invite dd or she helps, sometimes mil comes to keep the boys out of the way for DD's or sometimes DH removes them and I rope in the older sister of one of her friends or a friend of mine.
I'd hate the mums to stay personally, I can't "perform" as party host with an audience, would feel I had to entertain them and couldn't tell them what to do, the kids would be different with their mums there, and they'd clutter the place up - there isn't space. But that's personal preference - parents very rarely stay for kids over 4/5 where we live and you'd have to arrange it before sending out formal invites to be sure the parents were also free.