Jump to content

8yo DD - Movie / Pizza party night


  • Please log in to reply
18 replies to this topic

#1 Rockwiz

Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:43 PM

I was thinking of doing a DVD / Pizza / Pyjama night for DD's 8th birthday and I just need a few suggestions.

All I wanted to do was have the kids arrive, maybe do a few miusical statues games, eat pizza, birthday cake and sit down and watch a DVD together. i was thinking the time should be something like 5.00- 8.00 / 8.30pm. I was looking at a Friday night and going to get the girls to come dressed in their pj's BUT it wasn't going to be a sleepover.

Does everyone think this would work? Does it sound too boring? I'm worried if I put in too many activities we will run out of time for the actual DVD.
Have I allocated enough time? I don't want them up too late as most iof the girls play netball first thing mext morning.
How many girls would you think is a good number to invite? My problem is that there are about 7 girls in DD's class and I will find it hard to leave some out. I'm concerned that having 8 girls is too many though (counting DD).
Big question - WHICH MOVIE SHOULD I CHOOSE????


#2 trina-p

Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:47 PM

I threw my DD a "mock sleep over" for her 8th. I took 5 girls home with me after school one Friday they played in the backyard for a while - made their own fun and then they watched Ramona & Beezus.
We had pizza, popcorn, camembert & crackers, chicken nuggets, crisps and lollies.

Parents picked them up at 6:30pm

#3 tothebeach

Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:56 PM

We've never done it for a birthday but have had quite a few movie nights for 5+ boys since my son was 4.   We usually have them come at 5 and have a play for an hour or so.  Then dinner, then a movie, popcorn and desert.

Parents pick them up at 8pm or so.  No pajamas - they stay in their clothes as they are usually running around.  Older girls may be different, though.

#4 Beancat

Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:59 PM

Hi OP

I have never heard of a mock sleep over, but I think it is a fantastic idea!  3- 3.5 hours may not be enough time though.  I would potentially ditch the games and turn the pizza into a game, ie everyone makes their own pizza from a selection of toppings you have already prepared.  You could make it a cooking/dvd party and the gift bags for the kids could be cooking themed (ie little aprons - they could wear the aprons while cooking, mabe some cookie cutters etc).  I dpnt think 8 is too many.  Maybe get DH to help


Have no idea on the DVD sorry

good luck

#5 Julie3Girls

Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:07 PM

If you want to include some games, I'd be tempted to start it a bit earlier, around 4pm?

If you stick with the 5pm start, I'd just let them play music, dance around etc, early dinner at 5:30pm, with the idea of starting the movie around 6:30pm at the latest.
Means the food and cake isn't too rushed, with plenty of time for the movie before parents turn up.

With numbers .. I'd invite them all. It's possible you will get knock backs anyway - 5pm on a weeknight could be hard for some parents to manage if they both work.  But 8 isn't too many for that sort of party.
If they were actually staying the night, I might feel differently, but not for just a couple of hours of movie and pizza.



#6 SMforshort

Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:11 PM

movie ideas

- young einstein
- mamma mia
- babe
- bedknobs and broomsticks
- mary poppins
- seven brides for seven brothers
- the neverending story

#7 SW-

Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:12 PM

I did on a few months ago.  Picked the girls up from school.  Afternoon tea, Played a few games, had a dancing off.  Had a movie and pizzas. Parents picked them up at 8.  I found we were quite rushed to fit it all in.   The girls had a ball.

#8 chunkysoup

Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:26 PM

Last year when DD1 turned 8 we had a pizza and movie party. There were about 8 kids invited plus my three. I made pizza and they watched Diary of a Wimpy kid. The kids actually sat and watched the movie.
This year same DD had 4 friends for a sleep over Harry Potter party. I had some trivia questions and who am I quotes.  I also made wands for them to paint. They didn't end up watching the first movie as they are all keen fans who had seen it before. They ended up watching Jumanji instead.

#9 Julie3Girls

Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:32 PM

Oh, movie suggestions ...
I'd have a selection and let the girls vote. At 8, they can have a pretty wide range of movie tastes.

Aquamarine
The princess diaries
Scooby Doo movies
Barbie movie - the new Mermaid Tale is just out.
Nim's Island
Enchanted
Tangled
Hotel for Dogs
The Smurfs (the new movie)
Cats and Dogs, or any of the puppy type movies (snow buddies etc)
Matilda
Ice age
Happily Never After

Oh, and my 8yr old and her friends are huge harry potter fans - the first few movies are PG, but you might want to check with parents.

Edited by Julie3Girls, 10 April 2012 - 04:33 PM.


#10 Rockwiz

Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:37 PM

Thanks everyone for you input.

So do you think the pyjamas idea is a good one or should I drop that?

Thanks for the awesome DVD ideas too.

#11 Julie3Girls

Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:28 PM

The pjs ... ask your daughter original.gif  If she likes the idea, go with it.

#12 Rockwiz

Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:39 PM

Ok DD said no to the pyjamas.
Do you think I should give out party bags or something equivalent? If so any ideas? I'm trying to make this party cheap.


Edited by MCMama, 10 April 2012 - 09:40 PM.


#13 Julie3Girls

Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:35 AM

You could do party bags before the movie? make that their movie snacks, with a couple of bowls of fresh popped popcorn to share.

Or ..
if you wanted to give them something to keep, the supermarkets here often have pretty glasses/containers - like tall icecream sundae glasses, or plastic popcorn buckets (look like the popcorn boxes from the movies, but plastic). You could get something like that, and fill them with lollies for the movies, and they take their cup home with them.  Usually pretty cheap, and you are going to want some lollies etc for the movie anyway.

#14 Rockwiz

Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:49 AM

QUOTE (Julie3Girls @ 11/04/2012, 09:35 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You could do party bags before the movie? make that their movie snacks, with a couple of bowls of fresh popped popcorn to share.

Or ..
if you wanted to give them something to keep, the supermarkets here often have pretty glasses/containers - like tall icecream sundae glasses, or plastic popcorn buckets (look like the popcorn boxes from the movies, but plastic). You could get something like that, and fill them with lollies for the movies, and they take their cup home with them.  Usually pretty cheap, and you are going to want some lollies etc for the movie anyway.



I really like this idea. Is that Woolies or Coles? I'll definitely check that out.  Thanks for all you help Julie.

Edited by MCMama, 11 April 2012 - 11:51 AM.


#15 Julie3Girls

Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:43 AM

Woolies often has something. Sometimes at the end of the aisles, or the party stuff, or in the plastic wares.

#16 ChickenortheEgg?

Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:48 AM

QUOTE (MCMama @ 11/04/2012, 11:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I really like this idea. Is that Woolies or Coles? I'll definitely check that out.  Thanks for all you help Julie.


Woolies have popcorn paper boxes for something like $2 for a pack of 4.

#17 alicat3

Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:45 PM

I did an almost sleepover party for my DDs 7th birthday. It was great!
All the kids came in their pjs at 4pm. They played, opened presents.
I bought pizza bases & they made their own pizzas. Then they had Icecream cake for the cake but I had lots of toppings so they could make Icecream sundaes.
After that we made popcorn, set them all up on the lounge with blankets and cushions and they watched Tangled.
Pick up was 8.30 from memory. For party bags I sent them all home with milk and cookies (just long life containers of strawberry milk from the supermarket) and biscuits I baked.
It was wonderful. The girls loved it (we had 4 little girls) and it was just like a sleepover but without the stress of scared little girls staying the night.
Have fun original.gif

#18 mumto3princesses

Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:28 PM

I have seen those plastic popcorn boxes in the aisles in random places in Woolies before too. I have also seen them with party stuff at discount stores.

Since the discussions have begun for DD1's birthday my twins have started talking about theirs and want a sleepover. It's way too soon to talk about it with them now but a movie and pizza night is a much better idea.

Edited by mumto3princesses, 14 April 2012 - 09:30 PM.


#19 cward

Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:18 PM

My DD went to a similar party last year.  I think they did make your own pizzas, went in pj's, all took a movie with them and then they picked from those.  I think they had a chocolate fountain thing with fruit for dipping for dessert and birthday cake




2 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 2 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

Why I breastfed my son until he was three

The fact that I not only breastfed my son, but breastfed him for three and a half years, seems pretty incredible in retrospect.

Do babies and young children see ghosts?

Do babies and young children see ghosts? If you’ve pondered the question, you’re not alone.

15 years with Essential Baby: meet Therese

"Life has a funny way of giving you what you need when you need it the most."

Mum causes a stir by taking a stand against leggings

A mum has found herself the subject of debate after claiming tight bottoms cause lustful thoughts in men.

Don't set a parenting goal for 2015 - do this instead

The problem with goal setting as a parent is the measure. How do we really know if we’re succeeding?

5 pregnancy myths that just won't go away

When you're expecting, it often seems like everyone is keen to offer advice about what you should and shouldn't do in the interests of your health and wellbeing.

RPA hospital contacting mums after discovering vaccine storage fault

Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) is trying to contact women who had babies at the facility after discovering a fault in a refrigerator containing vaccines.

'Nutella' not a baby name, French court says

A French court has blocked parents from naming their baby girl after the hazelnut spread Nutella, arguing it would make her the target of mockery.

Why I'm never calling myself 'just a mum' again

I’ve grown three human beings. I feed them, dress them, teach them, care for them and love them 24 hours a day. Yet for eight years, when I meet new people and they’ve asked me what I do, I tell them: “I’m just a mum”.

Rosie Batty named 2015 Australian of the Year

One year ago, Rosie Batty could not have imagined she'd be where she is. Tonight the grieving mum who put domestic violence on the national agenda was named Australian of the Year.

Five reasons to hug more

Hugging – some of us thrive on it, even depend on it – and then there are those who don't care for it really. So, are they missing out?

Help - my three-year-old has started throwing tantrums

My daughter never went through the "terrible twos" but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday.

That's commitment

First peek at Sonia Kruger's daughter Maggie

"She smells so good, I could eat her," Kruger tells co-host David Campbell.

Mum assists in own caesarean surgery

A mum who partly delivered her own twins during a caesarean has encouraged other women to take control of their birthing experience.

How to handle common childhood regressions

Regression can be a natural and common part of development prompted by a variety of factors, but that doesn't make it less frustrating.

Disgruntled dad's pram ad goes viral

When buying a second hand pram, there are lots of things to take into consideration. 

Man discovers he's a dad after finding 55-year-old letter

Discovering you are about to father a baby is startling enough - never mind finding out you have a 61-year-old son.

15 thoughts mums have during a tantrum

Ranging from mild to feral and triggered by events both minor and major, tantrums certainly keep life interesting.

Natural pain relief in the early stages of labour

While managing labour pains on your own can be daunting, there are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Forgotten Baby Syndrome claims the life of toddler

One baby dies every eight days in the back of a car in the US, victims of 'forgotten baby syndrome'.

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel. You stole my heart, and changed me into the women I am today.

Chinese woman gives birth to quintuplets

After six years of trying for a baby, a couple’s dreams have come true many times over after the mum gave birth to quintuplets this week.

Chrissie Swan has reached her "sex quota"

Chrissie Swan says she and her partner have sex once a year due to her fear of falling pregnant.

Stars help save choking babies

It's an important lesson to learn, but one that busy new mums and dads might overlook until it's too late.

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel pregnant

Actress Zooey Deschanel is expecting her first child with her producer boyfriend Jacob Pechenik.

16 times 'dad reflexes' saved the day

Of course, in some cases they may be the ones who actually got their child into a precarious position in the first place, but we'll ignore that for now.

Couple's 'non-traditional' pregnancy announcement goes viral

Knowing you are not the father of your pregnant wife's baby would usually indicate a rocky relationship ahead for traditional parents.

The trials and tribulations of identical triplet newborns

Pip Donnelly is still playing spot the difference with her newborn identical triplets, Isabelle, Georgina and Frankie.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Earthquake baby thriving five years on

Jenny Alexis is lucky to be alive after spending four days buried in the rubble of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, but now she's a thriving five year old.

Please don't say I'm lucky because I was adopted

On the one hand I was having a regular life with friends and sports and sleepovers and school. But I was also always wondering: Did my mother love me? What was wrong with me?

An open letter to non-parents who offer advice on child-rearing

Kitty, when you’re the parent of my child you’re welcome to wade in with an opinion – but until then, I’d prefer you to have a supportive ear and a glass of wine ready.

Couple arrested over baby gun video

A US couple faces charges after investigators say they found mobile phone videos showing the woman's 12-month-old daughter putting a handgun in her mouth.

NSW Health dumps 10-year limit on frozen embryos

A 10-year time limit on storing frozen embryos that were created with donor sperm has been dropped by the NSW government.

How my happy-go-lucky husband became a monster

Sharan Nicholson-Rogers watched her husband change from a happy-go-lucky police officer into an unpredictable man prone to violent and emotional outbursts.

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes, too

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes in line with their pregnant partners, a new study shows.

'They were just doing their job': mum of toddler killed in police chase gone wrong

"They were just doing their job. I feel so sorry for them. It is all just too sad."

Miscarriages to be formally recognised by NSW government

Women who miscarry will be able to obtain an optional "recognition of loss" certificate as a formal recognition of their often heartbreaking loss.

Cafe cubby house 'too noisy' for neighbours

Teenage parties, domestic disputes, or raucous late night pubs are the things that usually come to mind when you think neighbourhood noise complaints.

Dad films baby playing with snake

Most parents would not consider a snake an appropriate playmate for their baby, but a US dad who filmed his daughter playing with a python has defended himself against criticism.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Back to School Offer

Findababysitter.com.au

We've got you covered for this school year. Use www.findababysitter.com.au to meet local nannies now.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.