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Poll: Parties (102 member(s) have cast votes)

What's the perfect balance between cheap and lazy?

  1. Playcentre (34 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  2. Park (hope its not raining) (57 votes [55.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 55.88%

  3. Swimming pools (11 votes [10.78%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.78%

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#1 IShallWearMidnight

Posted 18 March 2017 - 09:35 PM

My DD is turning 7 and has remembered that she has parties on the odd birthdays so is all fired up.
We are about to head away for 3 months so I dont really want to host at home because its a shambles.

But then we are pretty broke as well.

So the choices are playcentre ($20 a head including food), park (free but might rain, and I have to cook) and Swimming pools (cheapish and I can bring some food, but pay $5 entry per child and DH will be in the water with them)

WWYD?

#2 LUV-MY-KIDS

Posted 18 March 2017 - 09:41 PM

LaserTag or skating
7 to me is getting bit old for playcentre, pools hit and miss that age as can be stressful.

#3 #YKG

Posted 18 March 2017 - 09:41 PM

If the weather like a bit dicey I'd go pool, if it's going to be a nice day I'd go park.

If the park has sheltered seating area it'll be fine if it rains a little.

#4 **Xena**

Posted 18 March 2017 - 09:47 PM

I always went with McDonald's when I needed cheap and easy. $10 a head and all food, games, invites and cake organised for me. I know it's the Devils Restaurant ;) but my kids and their guests loved it and I enjoyed not having to lift a finger :lol:

#5 BECZ

Posted 18 March 2017 - 09:50 PM

Out of those choices, I'd choose the park as long as it has good shelter.  Like PP said, a little rain won't hurt if it's a big enough sheltered area.  Just be prepared that you may have to reconsider if you cop extreme weather conditions.  You need to have a backup plan just in case.

#6 nup

Posted 18 March 2017 - 10:05 PM

I haven't seen a McDonald's party in over 10 years. Not sure I've even seen a McDonald's with a party room in that time.

#7 Gruffalo's Child

Posted 18 March 2017 - 10:21 PM

We did a McDonald's party for my DS's 7th birthday.  Kids all had a great time and I loved that we only paid for the kids that were there, so as long as we reached the minimum and didn't exceed the maximum, we didn't need to worry about confirming exact numbers.   At that age, I'd avoid a pool party.  The park could be fun, and I'd just take basic food like chips, fruit and cupcakes, and cook sausages while we were there, but if it was me I'd go to a play centre or do a McDonald's party.

#8 KoalaTeeTime

Posted 18 March 2017 - 10:42 PM

View Postnup, on 18 March 2017 - 10:05 PM, said:

I haven't seen a McDonald's party in over 10 years. Not sure I've even seen a McDonald's with a party room in that time.

They're all in Western Sydney, it seems. Lots around where I am, even the closest Maccas to us has a party room.

#9 BECZ

Posted 18 March 2017 - 11:19 PM

View PostKoalaTeeTime, on 18 March 2017 - 10:42 PM, said:



They're all in Western Sydney, it seems. Lots around where I am, even the closest Maccas to us has a party room.

The kids were telling me the other day that they got rid of the party room after recent renovations at our closest Macca's.  I'm not sure if they still do parties there.  I haven't been there for a couple of years, it's a thing the kids do with grandpa.

#10 Jersey Caramel

Posted 18 March 2017 - 11:59 PM

If there's a good kids movie coming out, that's my favourite cheap and lazy option. Buy a book of discount tickets for about $8 per child, make popcorn at home and portion it out to take with you along with a small lolly bag for each.  After the movie do a quick cake at a table in the food court (or even better, cupcakes - then you don't even need a table,  just sing happy birthday and pass them out). Easy for parents too because they can drop their child at the cinema and then shop for an hour or two, or pay their own way into the movie with siblings etc. Obviously the kids don't get to spend as much time together socialising as other types of parties,  but if it's kids they see every single day at school then that doesn't matter so much anyway.

#11 Illiterati

Posted 19 March 2017 - 12:18 AM

One of my kids went to a great party at a local park recently.

It was really simple.  They set up some rugs with a couple of beanbags and cushions they brought from home in a shady spot near the playground.  On a table they had a couple of drink coolers and a few big bowls with chips and popcorn. They got some pizzas delivered for the kids to eat and a birthday cake. So the party was just the kids playing together and having some pizza and cake.

If you wanted to add a bit more to the day I reckon you could throw in a couple of rounds of pass the parcel and some giant bubble wands from Kmart or wherever for the kids to play with.


#12 Seven of Nine

Posted 19 March 2017 - 03:28 AM

See if your council has any halls local to you that you can hire. They are usually quite cheap, many come with an outdoor play area and they usually include a kitchen. Not as lazy as a party place because you have to do food and games, but it cuts out the cleaning at home and the problem of wet weather. Much cheaper than a party place!

#13 Brrrroooce!

Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:13 AM

I once attended a kids party that was planned by a lazy genius.

It was straight after school, at a park that was right near the school.

They ordered pizzas and had them delivered to the park.

Everyone came and played and ate and left. The end!

It was great to not have to shoehorn a kid's party into a weekend.

Oh, and the kids absolutely loved it (if that sort if thing is important to you :laugh:)

#14 lizzzard

Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:43 AM

A great idea a friend mentioned which we are going to pinch which is cheap and fun...maybe not so lazy though :p Get the kids to dress for the outdoors, head to a park in late afternoon and have them pitch a tent, cook damper, baked beans, maybe sausages... and toasted marshmallows on sticks, maybe a ghost story. 7 year old boys would love it.

#15 JustBeige

Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:55 AM

I did quite a few 'Friday arvo/night' parties. Its actually awesome for a sleepover as they actually sleep.

I find home parties the cheapest tbh, but one of my cheaper parties was a small # at Timezone and then a frozen yoghurt place once their $$ ran out. This was also a friday.

If you are set on your 3 options and want easiest then I would go playcenter, but just make sure its a good 'older kid' one

#16 Baroness Bubbles

Posted 19 March 2017 - 08:18 AM

View PostSeven of Nine, on 19 March 2017 - 03:28 AM, said:

See if your council has any halls local to you that you can hire. They are usually quite cheap, many come with an outdoor play area and they usually include a kitchen. Not as lazy as a party place because you have to do food and games, but it cuts out the cleaning at home and the problem of wet weather. Much cheaper than a party place!

Around my place the hall hire alone is more than a party place, then I have to supply the food and everything

We are going with ice skating this year. I tried to explain to dd that most or her friends don't skate like she does (since she was 2), but she is determined lol

#17 **Xena**

Posted 19 March 2017 - 08:55 AM

Oh I forgot actually. Another cheap place was hiring the trampoline room at the local pcyc. Not quite as cheap and easy as McDonald's but still only $10 a head and a person watched over the kids whilst they were trampolining we were given access to their kitchen for any hot food too :)

Edited by **Xena**, 19 March 2017 - 08:56 AM.


#18 IkeaAddict

Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:09 AM

Play centre. Indoors in case of rain. Pool party definitely no, some kids at that age aren't good around water and requires a lot of hands on supervision.

#19 AnythingGoes

Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:56 AM

I'd go maccas - easy, kids love them.

#20 TequilaMockingbird

Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:07 AM

The park has been the cheapest, easiest party I've done.

As well as the playground equipment we took down a cricket set, some soccer balls and pop-up goals, and some spray on chalk to spray a Twister game into the grass (removable with water).

For food there was a drink canister of water, one of cordial, some crisps, cookies, cut up watermelon and oranges, and some mini hot dogs in bake at home rolls, plus the cake.

We did attempt a treasure hunt as well but I'd advise against this- we had children who weren't party guests following behind the lolly hiders, taking them.

#21 Literary Lemur

Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:24 AM

Movies then local park for play and cake?  The parents to collect from the park.  We are fortunate in that we have cinema with park close by.  

One park game mine loved was crepe paper tied around your waist with a tail trailing behind.  They chased each other's tails.  It was a game of fun rather than winning.  


#22 *Nasty*Squeekums*

Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:31 AM

View Postnup, on 18 March 2017 - 10:05 PM, said:

I haven't seen a McDonald's party in over 10 years. Not sure I've even seen a McDonald's with a party room in that time.
Still common in sa, same for hungry jacks
even the renovated ones still have them

we had dd 7th yesterday at a play center
all kids had a ball, i didnt have to do anything
all under $200 for the day, thats inc the party bags i made

Park to me is still to much i need to organize, i mean food, drinks, getting it there, plates and such, decorations and its weather dependant. Yesterday was 34, indoor and aircon was a must for kids

#23 Bone Apple Tea

Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:34 AM

Park is cheaper but requires work in food prep, transporting stuff there and set up.

There is also the added headache of getting there early to reserve a spot if it is a popular park.

Having said that, we have had a few park parties over the years and they have all been great.

ETA I would never do a pool party for that age group as the kids would require too much supervision and at 7 the parents may be inclined to drop and go.

Edited by Bone Apple Tea, 19 March 2017 - 11:35 AM.


#24 Illiterati

Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:35 AM

View Postlizzzard, on 19 March 2017 - 07:43 AM, said:

A great idea a friend mentioned which we are going to pinch which is cheap and fun...maybe not so lazy though Posted Image Get the kids to dress for the outdoors, head to a park in late afternoon and have them pitch a tent, cook damper, baked beans, maybe sausages... and toasted marshmallows on sticks, maybe a ghost story. 7 year old boys would love it.

We and others we know have done this in our backyards - the kids love it. A few years ago when my kids were younger if they had a sleep over party we'd sometimes head out after dark to the park with torches to spot the possums.

Edited by Illiterati, 11 April 2017 - 12:55 PM.


#25 Heather11

Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:43 AM

Cheap and lazy - McDonalds or play centre.  I would also check what the local bowling place costs.

Ours has a 2 hour lock in on Sunday mornings.  As many games as you can fit in.  I just ordered a platter and bought a round of drinks.  It was roughly $17 pp which ended up cheaper than having the party package they offer.

I wouldn't hold a pool party unless parents stayed.




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