26 May, 2007

Actually... while I'm soliciting advice...

What are your thoughts on this:

Chickie will be 5 in less than a week (how the heck did that happen??!). On the Sunday after, we're throwing him a birthday party at the local 10 pin bowling place. We've invited our mum's group kids, a couple of kids from the childcare centre and a couple of kids who used to go to the centre with him, but have now gone to school. There's about 15 kids all up, including Chickie (am I mad? We'll find out, I guess).

Small dilemma is that it's at the local bowling place which means I pay per child and they want final numbers by this Tuesday. I asked for rsvp's by yesterday, but I figured I might have a few stragglers so wanted to allow a few extra days before the actual deadline. Now all but two have rsvp'd, so do I say yes for those two - just in case - or not? I'd be out about $30 if I say yes and they don't turn up.

Complicating the matter further, is that I can't just call the parents to confirm. I dropped off invites to the centre and they posted the invites for me (to the ones that have moved on to school). Of the two that haven't rsvp'd, one child still goes to the childcare centre but the other no longer does. I have asked the centre if they can pass on a reminder to the one who does still attend, but I'm not sure about the other. At least I still have a couple of days for them to contact me. If they don't though, do I say yes for them and hope for the best??

Fifteen 5 (and under) year olds sounds like an awful lot of kids but we haven't done a lot of parties for him. He had a biggish one (family and friends) for his first and then only little mum's group gatherings (ie cake etc at the usual mum's group meetup), so I'm happy to have something a bit bigger for the 5th birthday. Well, I say that now... but ask me again on Monday the 4th of June!.

11 comments:

Holly & Scolly said...

Similar dilemma here. We've decided to have a party for Holly's 3rd birthday in early July and will invite the Mum's group kids. Problem is, there's 10 of them and 5 now have brothers & sisters (babies). Then there's the young cousins and a few other friends. That will be just over 20 kids under the age of 3. We're having it at home. ARE WE MAD? Will wait and see how you go and might make a decision after that! Looking forward to your "post party post"!

The Phosgene Kid said...

Take him to an 8 pin bowling place, they are cheaper and he won't know the difference...

Zazzy said...

I think you can generally count on a few people who say they're going to be there not showing up. It might cover any extras who do show up.

Good luck!

kirsty said...

"Good luck" sounds like a pathetic thing to say! It sounds like, um, hell. Sorry. But I'm sure Chickie will love it and that will make it all worthwhile!

Tracey Petersen said...

What is the policy of the bowling place. Will they let you just pay for any extras on the day or do they have to have a frim number?

Tracey Petersen said...

firm number

caramaena said...

h&s - there is no way I'd do a party at home for that many kids! You are really brave!

Mind you, our place is pretty small, I doubt we could fit that many kids in, in the first place.

phos - lol :)

zazzy - good point.

kirsty - lol, I hope Chickie has fun. He'd better, since I don't plan on having very many 'big' parties in the future.

tracey - now that's something I didn't consider - whether we could pay extra. I'm pretty certain if I said 15 and only 13 came, I'd still have to pay for the 15. I'll need to give them a number tomorrow, so I'll ask. Thanks :)

islandarts said...

I just threw a 5th party for my daughter and the one kid that didn't RSVP didn't come...
and one kid that DID rsvp... didn't come... so I had extra.
Best of luck, bowling sounds like fun!

caramaena said...

Thanks islandarts, I'm down to one unknown now. Plus a plus one!

Chickie has now recieved a last minute invite to a party from one of the kids from the childcare centre - apparently this kid had a minor meltdown when he realised Chickie wasn't coming to his party (of course he hadn't actually told his mum he wanted to invite him!) - it would seem they're best friends this week :) So I invited him to Chickie's as well.

Stomper Girl said...

I have no advice re the RSVP thing (beyond saying I'm having the same issue with my 40th and it's VERY annoying!) but I do have advice for your POST-party plans. If you are going to do a party with 15 five-year-olds in a noisy bowling alley, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SOME ALCOHOL READY FOR WHEN YOU GET HOME.

I'm just saying.

caramaena said...

note to self - alcohol supplies required.

Didn't think of that stomper - very remiss of me!