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elliott Sat 30-Aug-08 14:15:04

would you invite to a party at home in the winter?

pointydog Sat 30-Aug-08 14:20:31

8 because that's how many could fit round our table for the party tea. And I'd make it a very structured party so they didn't go mental in my small house.

MorocconOil Sat 30-Aug-08 14:24:41

We've had 10. It was very structured to keep them all busy, and to prevent fights breaking out.

elliott Sat 30-Aug-08 14:27:34

I am planning to do some very structured games (probably in two teams like a mini olympics). Will do these outside if it is dry but they need to be transferable to inside...
Any good game thoughts? I've thought of some simple relay team games, interspersed with sit down challenges like a memory tray.
I was thinking in terms of 8-10 but just wanted to check I'm not being completely mad....(ds2 himself is reasonably manageable, its the unknown quantities that scare me!)

ChippyMinton Sat 30-Aug-08 14:28:22

5 plus the party boy. Agree, needs to be well-organised.

elliott Sat 30-Aug-08 14:31:32

How would you organise/structure it? How many helpers?
ANy advice very gratefully received (at least I've got 3 months to plan it...)

FluffyMummy123 Sat 30-Aug-08 14:32:01

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pointydog Sat 30-Aug-08 14:33:56

blow cotton wool balls across a finishing line with a straw.

MorocconOil Sat 30-Aug-08 14:40:34

Do you know the chocolate game? It's always been popular at our parties.

Basically a dice is thrown until you get a 6, then that person puts on a hat, scarf and gloves and then starts to eat a bar of chocolate with a knife and fork. The other players continue to throw the dice and when someone gets a 6 they take over putting on the gloves etc.

They've also loved the 'Mummy Game' where 2 teams compete to dress one member in an unravelled toilet roll.

BoysAreLikeDogs Sat 30-Aug-08 14:41:14

yy beetle drive fantastic for 7 yr olds.

Pizza making - get those mini bases, various toppings - ham/pineapple/pepperoni/sliced mushrooms.

tippit is a great game and works with four per team.

Good luck.

suedonim Sat 30-Aug-08 14:42:36

Invite two or three girls too! Ime, having girls around calms the atmosphere a bit, plus most small girls like to help organise things. smile

pointydog Sat 30-Aug-08 14:42:51

yes - making monster faces on pizzas very popular here

MorocconOil Sat 30-Aug-08 14:45:38

Parachute games are good if it's dry outside and you have a garden.

pointydog Sat 30-Aug-08 14:49:24

and if you have a parachute

MorocconOil Sat 30-Aug-08 14:52:50

Think ELC sell them for £10

pointydog Sat 30-Aug-08 14:53:41


elliott Sat 30-Aug-08 15:02:48

beetle drive??
don't fancy trying to control cooking...
My tentative plan is this:
Making masks or treasure chests on arrival
Treasure hunt at the end of which they end up in two groups (will need to have two types of prizes in the hunt)
mini-olympics (team games with an overall winner/runner up) - medal ceremony (gold and silver medals)
music games if needed
err, not sure what afterwards - dvd if I can find a way of projecting it big enough.

elliott Sat 30-Aug-08 15:09:45

I think if I add girls that would make it 10 rather than 8...
We will have: ds1 and ds2; two friends from ds1's old school; that only leaves four 'new' people from his new school and I am sure they will all be boys. There are 2 girls I could invite from his old school but I am not sure that it is really worth it tbh...

FluffyMummy123 Sat 30-Aug-08 15:24:47

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elliott Sat 30-Aug-08 15:29:03

Ah yes! I've played that - can't remember what is was called in my day (insect game perhaps??)

pointydog Sat 30-Aug-08 19:32:28

Forget about girls

elliott Sat 30-Aug-08 19:34:43


elliott Sat 30-Aug-08 19:36:47

OK, so how many games do I need? How many adults? How many stiff drinks grin
I haven't done a home party before so I'm rather nervous - closest I came was letting ds1 have 3 friends for tea for his 5th birthday, which was really not much fun. Will be more organised this time!

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