Budget plays a big part in our party planning. Just with family (like brothers, sisters and first cousins+ spouses and kids) is 47 people not counting me, my husband and my son. I'm very lucky so far that it's been good weather on his birthday because there is barly enough room in my house for the three of us. His birthday is in April so it could really go either way. So we only invite one or two friends. This is the first year that we're inviting someone that isn't just a friend of mine and my husband that happen to have kids about his age. We usually spend about $150-175 for food and decorations and maybe $50-100 on a gift. No wonder we don't do anything for my birthday the day after his. Too much work!
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I can't say I've planned on any budgets so far. We've only had small family gatherings so far, and in that case, my oh-so-generous aunt usually foots the bill. I do know that this year, food wise, it was a little over $200 (We went out as a family, all 12 of us, to Smokey Bones, then went home for cake, a half sheet surrounded by 28 cupcakes). As for gifts, everyone went a bit overboard... still trying to figure out where to put all them + Christmas, but my husband and I spent about $250 on her gifts (she really wanted this laser light show from Spencers... sale price was $190).
The $125 - $200 does sound like a reasonable amount to spend on a child's party, as long as you're not going large scale. For my family and if we were to add in a few of her friends, I would probably bump it up to between $300-400 (Again 12 people... actually 16 when you count the family members that didn't join us, is quite a large number on it's own without adding more kids as well as their parents)
What kind of budgets do you ladies plan for. I like to spend $125-200 on decoraction, party favors and food. Plus another $50 for gifts. My friend spends double that but my husband thinks cake and a gift or two is enough. What is the right amount?
I stuck with my inviting the number of kids of your age - so 4 and 6 for my two. My son decided he really wanted a pizza party. Unfortunately, we don't have anything like Chuck E. Cheese here, but we do have 1 pizza place with some video games - so I'll get a ton of quarters and make a pizza cake and we're good (oh, goodie bags too... and probably some balloons). My daughter (almost 4) we're going to do at home and it will be a princess party. I'm going to have them make wands and decorate tiaras, dress up and do a parade, and play a couple of games... probably have fancy sandwiches (white bread, no crust, cut in triangles that kind of thing) - plus a castle cake.
Both will be insane, I'm sure... but at least it won't be 20+ kids insane! lol
I always struggle with this one. Bottom line is we have a big family with a lot of cousins and a small house (& tight budget). There is just no way I could ever invite the whole class. I honestly don't know how people do it! They say only a few come but that's a risk too big to take if you ask me. I always make it clear to my kids that we can't invite school friends. Just this past year I finally let my oldest (8) invite 4 friends from school and they were all kids of parents I knew. In all honesty I don't like getting invites to parties of kids at school unless they are truly friends and I know the parents. Otherwise it's just another place you feel you have to go because you don't want your kid to be the only one who didn't go. Another present to buy for a kid you don't know. I think parents understand when the whole class is not invited.
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this is a great thread. My daughter turns 4 Jan 21- and we are in freezing cold Ohio! I'm always looking for inexpensive ideas for a kids party that is NOT at my house, and preferably NOT at a fast food playland! :)
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My son just turned 3 two days ago and I really struggled with this. He's in a montessori preschool /daycare where he's been since 4 months old. Some kids have invited the whole class to their parties (we haven't been to any of those), but I'm not ready for that! (Makes we wish we had a summer baby and could have a big party outside at a park. Our house is not big enough for that.)
The last two years have been family only but even that was a little big. This year I wanted a kids' party for him, so we did a party at a local gym for kids. We invited about 18 kids and ended up with 12 attending. It was a mix of cousins, kids from the birthing class we attended, and only 2-3 from his school.
My advice is do what is comfortable for you and don't feel too guilty about it. 3 & 5 still seems early to me for needing to invite the whole class. I also like that idea of inviting the number of kids for the age they are. Good luck!
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I went to one of my friends party. She let her 5 year old boy, invite everyone in his class. It was at a home and so crowded. 25 kids. plus 25 parents(atleast) and 10 family members. so crowded. I would suggest if it's at your home only a few kids and family. But when my two year old wants to invite her entire class, it will be at a Jungle Joes or a Chucky Cheese. Good luck. Do you have a theme yet?
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We've only had family only parties for my daughter so far. It's difficult to get together with her "friends because us parents have such different schedules. Once I wad in school we did invite everyone to our parties, but then again it was the rule. If you passed party invitations out at school you couldn't exclude anybody. The only exception was slumber parties, but you still couldn't exclude anyone of your gender. Suggestion... Very large combined birthday party. Rent a hall, order pizzas and a sheet cake, do party games and inexpensive gift bags. Pick up a party CD and play it on a boom box.
Okay, I have two kids (3 & 5) that are both February babies. So, I have two birthdays two weeks apart. We have done combined birthdays in the past but, this year, they're both in school and have friends and different tastes etc.
How many kids do your kids invite to a party? I have kept it to their age in the past (if they were turning 3, they could invite 3 friends) - since we have friends/family that come too... but my 3 year old wants to invite her whole class (18 kids)!
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