It's Party Time!

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Registered: 05-04-2011
It's Party Time!
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Fri, 06-07-2013 - 8:15pm

Both Monkey and Monster have birthdays coming up, and I'm in the throes of party planning.  I've never planned a kid's or toddler's birthday before.  Does anyone have tips or suggestions?  There will be 8-10 kids at Monkey's party (turning 6) and 5-7 at Monster's (turning 3).  I know that's a little on the high side, but but but...well, you know how things go.  Parents are staying.  What else...oh, Monkey's is at the local water park, where we've reserved the picnic shelter, and Monster's will be in the front yard, where we plan to have a water fight, weather permitting.

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Registered: 12-04-2012
Sun, 06-30-2013 - 6:57pm

Have Patience is my first thought. Its actually better that the parents are staying . They can help you in taking care of the tantrums, food fights, and help change the 3 years old's wet clothes. Otherwise you will have too many things at hand. they may help you clean- up later too. For the 3 year old can say that have the l cake cutting with some sandwiches before any out door play. This will give them enough energy to play for long. You dont  want even 1 hungry cranky kid to spoil the whole thing. and have lots of snacks for after play. 

littlebaker5 wrote:
<p>Both Monkey and Monster have birthdays coming up, and I'm in the throes of party planning.  I've never planned a kid's or toddler's birthday before.  Does anyone have tips or suggestions?  There will be 8-10 kids at Monkey's party (turning 6) and 5-7 at Monster's (turning 3).  I know that's a little on the high side, but but but...well, you know how things go.  Parents are staying.  What else...oh, Monkey's is at the local water park, where we've reserved the picnic shelter, and Monster's will be in the front yard, where we plan to have a water fight, weather permitting.</p>

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Registered: 05-04-2011
Wed, 07-17-2013 - 2:05pm

Thanks for the tips!  We ended up having everyone cancel last-minute for Monster's party and there were only three kids (from one family) who came.  The weather wasn't good enough for a water fight, so it's probably better that fewer kids were there!

For Monkey's birthday party I've only had 2 RSVPs.  One is coming, one is not.  I have NO idea how many kids to plan for.  When you ask for an RSVP, how many people show up without letting you know?  I just think it's so rude to not say one way or the other when someone has specifically asked you to.