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#1 ~ Ohana~

Posted 13 August 2019 - 10:12 PM

My little girl is turning 5 in September and I’m trying to organize her party. We go away for a week to Hamilton island the week before her birthday, so we would literally get home on Saturday then have a party on Sunday!

We recently went to our local McDonald’s which has a new 6story play place. Looking at the party info it seems really cheap ($10 a head). But I’m wondering what people’s opinions would be? One sister said fine, one sister said crappy food (probably no worse than most party food though), one sister said gross! Another option is a dancing party, but I’d be looking at $300+

Her last party ended up costing $500... I don’t want to make the same mistake.

Also, our home isn’t really suitable for a large number of guests! I guess I could do a park party, but knowing our luck it would rain!

#2 Hands Up

Posted 13 August 2019 - 10:15 PM

My kids would attend and have a great time :-) I considered it myself (cheap and easy) but our local Maccas stopped doing parties.

#3 seayork2002

Posted 13 August 2019 - 10:15 PM

Sounds great to me

#4 Ali1976

Posted 13 August 2019 - 10:18 PM

Sounds great. Do whatever suits you. I never think about where the party is at .... kids just love to be with their friends and play! Hope it goes well. 😀

#5 Bereckii

Posted 13 August 2019 - 10:19 PM

Is this for DD and her friends to have fun together? Then McDonald's is fine. The kids will have fun.

If it is also about extended family (including adults) getting together to celebrate, then maybe another option (e.g. another venue or park, etc) would be more suitable.

#6 Gruffalo's Child

Posted 13 August 2019 - 10:19 PM

We’ve had one and been to quite a few.  At 5 yrs old, they are a great option - kids love them and they are relatively cheap and so easy.

#7 No Drama Please

Posted 13 August 2019 - 10:22 PM

After we went to three maccas kindy parties in a row that was how we decided to hold DDs 5th birthday there. It was winter so had to be indoors. We had a tiny apartment so that wasn’t an option to have it there.

It was great! She invited everyone she wanted as the price was right and there was enough room, it was close to everyone so easy to get to, had heaps of parking so no dramas there, brought our own cake, had a few extra random kids so just added them on the spot, and she had a great time with her friends.

You are always going to get different opinions as some people have way higher budgets and bigger houses but if you don’t, they are a pretty good deal!

#8 sarahec

Posted 13 August 2019 - 10:29 PM

They are cheap, the kids have a ball, no cleanup, and 90 minutes in length, what’s not to love!?

#9 literally nobody

Posted 13 August 2019 - 10:32 PM

big yes from me. food is hardly any worse than anywhere else.

#10 Mollyksy

Posted 13 August 2019 - 10:37 PM

Go for it! We went to one for a 4 year old and the parents hired a face painter the mum said was really cheap. They brought their own cake in. Kids got to choose nuggets or burger. DS had a ball. We just had his last party at home and it cost a fortune as all the little stuff added up. Next year we are back to a play centre or even maccas if he wants. Fixed cost. Someone else does the food and cleans up. What's not to love?!!

#11 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 13 August 2019 - 10:39 PM

View PostAli1976, on 13 August 2019 - 10:18 PM, said:

Sounds great. Do whatever suits you. I never think about where the party is at .... kids just love to be with their friends and play! Hope it goes well.
agree with this

#12 LucyGoose

Posted 13 August 2019 - 10:48 PM

I do know a few families that are strict on no McDonald’s!  I’m sure the kids eat hot chips and nuggets at other parties, but I wonder if you might get a few declines.
My kids eat Maccas and would love it,  not sure they do the parties at our local.  $10 a head is such a good price and I would go for it.

#13 Jingleflea

Posted 13 August 2019 - 10:48 PM

I love a maccas party!
No clean up, food most people can eat(I'm sure their chips are allergy safe) and it's inside, with a play area.
Win all round in my book.

#14 got my tinsel on

Posted 13 August 2019 - 10:54 PM

don't invite your sisters.

Long time ago now, but DD loved going to McDonalds parties.

#15 Prancer is coming

Posted 13 August 2019 - 11:02 PM

I used to hate the idea of Maccas parties.  Then my kid had one last year!

It was cheap and easy.  They ended up only charging me for what everyone ate rather than a flat price per head price.  And they also let me bring other food for before the meal was served.  So I had a few jugs of water, fruit platter and chips out.

I had been to a few where the party host was not much chop.  Often a teen with no real idea or confidence to manage small groups of over excited kids.  We got lucky and the host we had was great, he came with balloons and made heaps of balloon animals.  Even if the host is a dud, the kids will have fun running around in the play ground.

There is the odd person who will not let their child attend because it is macdonalds.  Personally I don’t think the food is anything worse than what you would get at a party.

#16 MerryMadrigalMadge

Posted 13 August 2019 - 11:09 PM

I’ll admit to declining a party invite because it was at Macca’s, and there were declines from other families as well.

That was during our puritanical parenting days; now, I think after 10 years of birthday parties, with all the work and $$ I’ve put in, genius.

#17 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 13 August 2019 - 11:17 PM

Wow that's cheap. Their food is in par with what you get at a play centre so I say do it.

#18 76 others

Posted 13 August 2019 - 11:39 PM

My kids  are waaay past maccas parties but they both had one and by memory, hungry jacks was even cheaper.

So easy and who cares if people say no. Can't please everyone.

#19 Ellie bean

Posted 13 August 2019 - 11:40 PM

We did one last year, was so awesome we are doing another one. Cheap and easy, most kids don’t eat the food at parties anyway, food was no worse than most play centres in any case. If parents who are too precious for it decline, that’s another win :)

#20 Ruf~Feral~es

Posted 14 August 2019 - 12:08 AM

I read this title with trepidation and thought "I'm not sure I'd ask that on EB".

Came in with the authority (and sometimes arrogance) of "I have teenagers, don't sweat the small stuff" attitude and was all set to encourage you and give you support......

And I don't need to!  Honestly, Maccas parties are the best!  They can meet many dietary issues (other than on a health basis, but many allergies are catered to),  and kids with other diet issues can generally consume their own food anyway.  

Ultimately, the kids have a fantastic, loud, noisy, messy time.  Parents tolerate it and have a bit of a chat.  You go home with no mess, and the cost is affordable.  What's not to love????

And as 'that' parent of two now - teenagers, I've done a huge variety of parties.  At home, play centres, home made cakes, store bought cakes...... do my kids remember any?  Nah.

the only one DD remembers is the one I cancelled for bad behaviour when she was 7.  She still talks about that one!!!    ( And she still doesn't know I'd never gotten around to even organising it!

#21 AnythingGoes

Posted 14 August 2019 - 12:31 AM

I think they are great - cheap, easy & DS has had a great time at the ones he has been to.  

However you might need to book soon. I was keen on one for DS this year but all the slots were booked out when I looked about 6 weeks prior.

#22 nom_de_plume

Posted 14 August 2019 - 03:24 AM

DD has been to a couple this year (FYOS). She had never eaten McDonalds before but that didn’t prevent me from letting her go because as PP have pointed out, it’s no worse than other party food (which she generally won’t eat either).

The kids got to choose their order so she had water and apple slices with her burger (which she didn’t eat), and the hosts bought the parents coffees. There are so many more menu choices these days. DD was more interested in the playground than anything else!

#23 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 14 August 2019 - 05:27 AM

Oh gosh yes. Especially at that age

#24 IamzFeralz

Posted 14 August 2019 - 05:28 AM

I think it’s a great idea that solves your problem of having just returned back from holidays.

#25 Holidayromp

Posted 14 August 2019 - 06:53 AM

Team hell no.  It’s just so impersonal.  Maccas parties no way. There is a reason why they are so cheap compared to other places.

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