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Would you be ok taking your child to this type of party invite?

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letsgetloud Sat 04-Jun-11 12:45:56

I am not sure if people will be happy leaving their children with only two adults.

There will be 9 children all aged either 8 or 9. Me and dh are taking them to the early morning film at the odeon (only £2.50 each) and then in our cars to McDonalds and then back to house (for hopefully last 15 mins) before pick up.

So parents will be asked to drop children at pictures (about 15 mins from where they live) at 10.30am. Then pick them up from our house at 2pm.

Dh thinks parents might be a bit miffed at dropping and picking up from two different places and also dropping off so early (10.30am).

How would you feel about your child receiving this type of party invite? Would you think parents are tight not paying for proper party, or tight not doing a nice house party for them?

Any opinions greatly received.

colditz Sat 04-Jun-11 12:48:13

it means paying 2.50 for 3.5 hours childcare, people will have your hands off.

but how are you going to fit nine children in 2 cars?

MummyDoIt Sat 04-Jun-11 12:50:09

I'd be fine with it as long as all the children are in proper carseats/booster seats in the car. Two adults with nine children of that age seems okay to me.

Kat3L Sat 04-Jun-11 13:17:13

I don't think people will mind the different drop-off/collection points, we did this for dd's 7th birthday and no one questioned it etc. We told the parents how we'd be managing getting the children from A to B and reassured them that we had boosters etc for those that needed them. Maybe not an issue for your age group though.

I personally wouldn't mind a 1030 start, it sounds like a great party to be invited to, I'm sure the kids will love it.

If you plan in advance how you'll deal with trips to the toilet and make sure the kids know they may have to wait (for a previous group to return etc) then 2 adults should be fine. Cinemas and McD's can both be busy places so it might also be useful to choose a meeting place in case anyone gets separated from the group. Hope you have a great party.

SuburbanDream Sat 04-Jun-11 13:22:05

Sounds ok to me - 10.30am not that early, afterall the parents will be used to early risers I'm sure! For DS1's birthday I did something similar, parents dropped the children at cinema, then we walked with the kids to pizza express about 10mins away because we couldn't have got them all in the car. TBH the only thing I'd have reservations about would be allowing someone else to drive my kids but I am a bit PFB about them!! Have you got that many booster seats etc??

colditz Sat 04-Jun-11 13:27:41


Do you have an extra big car?

letsgetloud Sat 04-Jun-11 13:56:30

I don't have enough car seats so when the parents reply to the invite I was going to ask if they can bring the car seats with them on dropping children off, one of us would then go back to the car with the booster seats.

I have a people carrier and so does dh (although a much fancier one). So both our cars seat 7.

Mummydoit - I do think some parents might be a bit hmm at others driving their kids. Not alot I can do about that really, I am not doing public transport with 9 kids.

Kat3l - those are fantastic ideas. I hadn't thought of them so thanks. I will get a meeting place prearranged for anyone who may get lost. The toilet thing I hadn't given much thought to. I let my 8 yr old go to the toilet herself. She is the oldest of my four so maybe I give her more freedom than other parents would be happy with.

Thanks for replies everyone. Pleased I have not come up with the strangest party idea ever. Also happy that two adults to 9 girls is an acceptable ratio.

Pelagia Thu 09-Jun-11 10:19:11

My 6 yo is going to something similar to this soon and I am FINE with it! Have fun x

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