My DS is turning 3 next week. He doesn't have that many friends as doesn't go to nursery (starting preschool in Jan so I'm hoping his next birthday might be busier!). I have invited a couple of his friends over and his cousins might possibly come so at a maximum including siblings there could be 7 there, 2 of those being babies though. I'm not really calling it a party, more of a play session, but any ideas what we could do/play/eat etc? I could put out a bit of party food, but for actual stuff to do I just don't know......I guess I'm not the most exciting mummy. We went to a party the other day with proper party games like pass the parcel and he didn't really seem to 'get' it iyswim. Also what to give as a little gift at the end to say thanks for coming? Ideas welcome! Thanks
Take it the party is at your home? Ensure toys that they are playing with aren't ones your son adores in case they get broken. If not into the traditional party games there's other easy stuff to do. Bubble blowing - they love chasing them Balloons are good (unless children scared) for games. Create car racing games with toy cars. Ping pong balls and aim to throw them into a wastepaper basket. Etc Though the fav game for most 3 yr olds is bouncing on the sofa.
Books / sticker books are often a nice take home gift - Book People and Red House have good sets you can purchase.
And a bottle of wine in fridge for yourself later and headache tablets.