Who's birthday is it? If it is your daughter for example, you could give her a birthday present of a pamper session with a friend or something like that booked for the time when you would all be preparing? Of if its your Dh, get his best mate to take him out for a drink?
I did this for my husbands 30th. I arranged for his two best friends to"arrange" to take him out for the day under strict instructions that if they returned early I would be livid!
They arrived and collected him at 10am....1030 everyone who was helping turned up, at 1900 I had a dead phone call which was my cue that they were at a certain point on the route home, and hubby walked in at 1915 to a houseful, food done, music ready to start and all his family and friends there. It was brilliant!
Party is at 7.30 pm so did look at sending her out to a spa or somewhere but it wouldn't tie in with timings A friend said about sending her to London for a show or a trip on the london eye but looking at costs including cheap matinees on lastminute it's going to cost about £30 a ticket - and as much as I want her out the way £60 to get her out the way is a bit to much (but do able)
I like your idea Ilove - maybe I could get some friends to take her shopping or something [argh!!]
Yes, get a couple of her friends to take her shopping -- either in a nearby-but-not-too-nearby town so that they don't get back until late, or have them take her shopping and then back to one of their houses for tea and a natter before dropping her back around 8.
Have just looked in to theatre tickets in a town just under an hour away and tickets seem reasonable so just need to get a friend to go with her, and also fill the hours between the play and the party.