5 year old bday party question

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5 year old bday party question
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Fri, 03-13-2009 - 6:31pm

Hi ya all. Hope you don't mind me posting here, I am trying to get some different ideas and perspective about my son's summer birthday party.

How does everybody feel about a 'beach' birthday party for this age group? It actually isn't at a real beach, but rather at a lake, that has a decent sized sandy area. No way is this a drop off party, but would it be too much to have 10-15 kids around age 5, am I biting off too much?
Also if you think it could work, part 2 of my question is this. There is a little log cabin type pavilion I can rent for 35 dollars, I'd have to rent in advance. There are also tables I can rent for 2 bucks a piece that are much closer to the water. Maybe I should rent the building and a few tables too? At first I was thinking one or the other, but now I'm thinking it might be nice to have both. There are life guards there as well.
And part 3, what should I do about the weather, should I plan a rain date, or plan an alternative place in case the weather is bad?!
here is a link to a similar feeling bash
http://www.birthdaypartyideas.com/h...each_party.html
Last year was the first year we didn't have an at home party, and to be honest, I loved it, so we're hoping to have it away this year as well. Thanks for any words of wisdom!

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Tue, 03-17-2009 - 2:12pm
Thanks for the help everybody, great ideas!! I may be back for more help. :O)
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Mon, 03-16-2009 - 5:17pm

I think it is a great theme. I can think of tons of party favors ($1 beach pail and shovel from the discount party store comes to mind), games, and even the decorations and party food. I'd rent just the tables closer to the water unless there is absolutely no shade or way to make them shady.

Since you don't want it to be a drop off party, clearly state on the invitation that there is NO DROP OFF, A PARENT NEEDS TO STAY. Generally at 5 and 6 people wouldn't drop off at a park or other party held at a public place but there are always those who do and surprise me.

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Mon, 03-16-2009 - 1:49pm

I think that sounds like so much fun!

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Mon, 03-16-2009 - 11:36am

I think a beach party sounds like a blast! At this age, many parents probably stay at a party with their child anyway, but I'd still be VERY clear on the invites that a parent MUST stay with their child for safety's sake. I might even provide some sort of floaties for each child ($1 store) as a party favor they can use and keep.

I'd probably just stick with renting the tables that are closer to the water, unless the pavilion isn't very far away. I think it'd make things simpler to stay close together.

For the weather, is there an indoor pool you could go to if the weather ended up being bad? If you ended up going somewhere totally different instead of the beach, would it change what types of snacks and party favors you needed? If it would totally change the type of party and all of your party favors/snacks/etc, I'd just plan a rain date. If it didn't make much difference, I'd plan an alternative location and keep the same date/time.

I hope you have a great time!