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Old Nov 2nd, 2017, 05:40 AM   1
wildflower79
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Birthday parties


DD is 6 is Feb and has decided she wants a fairy garden making party! There's 25 kids on her list and I've told her that's the max, but they might not all be able to come.

Am I mad for thinking I could host this at home? Has anyone catered for this many kids at home? Our house isn't massive, but it's not tiny and it's open plan, so could work well for a party. I also can't really do anything outside since it's in Feb.

The main issue is just to save a bit of money, since we're now planning on going to centre parcs in Jan.

The party will mainly be craft stuff fairy gardens, wand making, bird house decorating and anything else I can think of, and prob a few games if we have space. We have hard flooring, so not worried about carpets getting dirty or anything. I thought if I threw some blankets on the floor they could eat their dinner there, like a picnic, as won't have a table big enough for them all to sit round. Do you think they'd mind sitting on the floor?

I'll probably do pizza and hot dogs and then ice cream for food, so that'll be quite easy.



 
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Old Nov 2nd, 2017, 05:44 AM   2
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We have done it and we have a decent sized house but still feels overcrowded. At 6, some parents will want to stay with their child too so you have to factor adults in too. Personally i would see if you can hire a hall somewhere. The party sounds amazing though, a little girls dream- hope she enjoys it!



 
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Old Nov 2nd, 2017, 16:17 PM   3
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A friend of mine has a massive house - all open plan and probably the size of my whole ground floor plan just in her conservatory lol. She held a party there for her son last year and there was around 12 kids, most of the mums stayed and there was crafts and things. It was so crowded, hot and messy and I imagine not as she planned it at all! Id probably try and find a hall to hold it in if it were me, especially after that experience. The kids had a great time but my friend was so stressed probably more so with it being her home and constantly trying to keep kids occupied and also offering remaining parents drinks etc. You can hire school halls or church halls or similar for really cheap around here so may be worth asking where you are. X



 
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Old Nov 2nd, 2017, 17:51 PM   4
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Thanks ladies. I've managed to get DD to get the list down to 17!! Still quite a lot though.

I've looked at halls and it's going to cost around 50, which isn't loads, but with all the crafty bits for the fairy gardens, the costs are mounting up.

My main worry is that they'll get bored with the crafty stuff and there won't be much room for them to run round or play games.



 
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Old Nov 2nd, 2017, 20:27 PM   5
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It’s pretty fair to say that out of 17 kids, there will be a number who have no interest in making a fairy garden and you’ll need to have some other options for entertainment. Personally I think that sounds like a nightmare trying to get so many kids to do something crafty.

I had 11 kids over for DS1’s 5th birthday on the weekend and there was never a moment when they all wanted to do the same thing. I also think for his next birthday I’m going to cap it at 10 kids max as our house isn’t that big. You have to factor in parents staying with their kids too.



 
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Old Nov 6th, 2017, 13:55 PM   6
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My friends daughter had a crafty party last year. Probably 15 children and it was chaotic. Maybe split party in two and have separate crafty sessions. Whilst half of playing party games the other half do crafts? Though knowing my DDs friends they're attached at the hip. You can get birdhouses etc on Baker Ross.



 
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