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Birthday party for a 4 year old ~Jekka~ TTC since Oct 2012; 2 kids; Australia 8773 posts
15th Jun '13

I have no idea about parties. The last party I organised was a pool party, so it was pretty much all planned out for me by the venue people. All other parties have just been family ones, where we have gone to a park for a bbq or something. So I'm new to all this.
Just wondering what a good amount of time would be for a 4th birthday party? I was going to do an hour and a half, but the face painter does 2 hour minimum. So I thought I might make it a 2 hour long party.... does that seem too long for a bunch of 4 year olds though?
Also, what sort of games do you think? Would they need games? The face painter does balloon animals too. And I will have a little craft table set up for them to decorate and make a crown (Princess party) it will also be over lunch time, so there will be food. It's in a playgroup hall too, so we have full use of all their toys, including the big ride on cars, and rollercoaster things. Will I need games? I know my daughter doesn't like to line up and wait for things, so pass the parcel and pin the tail on the donkey would both me no good.
Also, should I put that parents have to stay? We are inviting a few kids from her daycare, but I don't know the children, or the parents. I was thinking of putting a little note to say parents are welcome to stay, but aren't required to. Do you think that would be ok? If it were my daughter going to someone elses party, I'd stay if i didn't know the parents. But That's just me... I don't want parents to feel like they have to stay.
What do you think? Any help or advice is appreciated.... I really have no idea!

Manda♥Bella 1 child; Midland, WA, Australia 29288 posts
15th Jun '13

I always do 3 hours and always 1-4pm so I only have to provide snack food.
If your doing a meal definitely 3hrs minimum.



I wouldn't do games, organised games are too difficult at this age.



As for parents, I assume most would stay, make sure you provide enough food for them :)



Biggest advice- find out if the hall has cleaning supplies already, I didn't think of that and we had to send my BIL out to get a mop & broom from his house lol

MomDIA TTC since May 2008; 81 kids; Warminster, Pennsylvania 3812 posts
15th Jun '13

2 to 4 hours is sufficient for children their age I always have done at least 3 to 4 myself. There are plenty of things for them to think up on their own trust me when you have a bunch children together they will play there's no need for organized games the face painting will keep them busy and balloons as well they will have fun just by themselves just make sure you have food and a good time for the parents as well

Onalee's Mummy Due August 26; 1 child; Newcastle, Australia 5355 posts
15th Jun '13

I do three hours for my daughters parties. Usually people are a bit late, some leave early.



I don't think you need to put anything on the invite. I have never met anyone who has just dropped their 4 year old off and gone ( unless they were family or a best friend and they always checked first)

Onalee's Mummy Due August 26; 1 child; Newcastle, Australia 5355 posts
15th Jun '13

The only game I did was pass the parcel. They all just play on their own.

~Jekka~ TTC since Oct 2012; 2 kids; Australia 8773 posts
16th Jun '13

Thanks everyone :) I think I may put 2 hours on the invite, but let them know they can stay longer if they want :) I'm planning on having lots of food.... and then some back up (Just incase) I was going to have it start at 12.... but being that it is right on lunch time... I think I might make it for 1, then just have lots of snack, party food.
I should be safe if I just have the crafts and all the toys then.... maybe have a pass the parcel as backup?