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#1 laridae

Posted 14 August 2018 - 01:56 PM

DD1 is turning 8 soon. Originally she requested a sleepover party with 3 friends, making pizza, watching a movie. And I said yes, with the proviso that she tidies up the playroom so they have somewhere to sleep! Well, it's been a couple of months now and the playroom is no closer to being tidy and she does everything she can to get out of cleaning it, including saying that she no longer wants a sleepover.
Fine, so I ask her what she'd like to do for instead and she's asked to have 3 friends and her go have dinner at the local Pizza Hut, which is one of those all you can eat kind of places. Now that sounds good to me - we normally go there for her birthday anyway as a family. They don't do actually birthday parties so there wouldn't be any activity other than eating/drinking/chatting.
I was thinking of booking a table for her and her friends and a separate one for me, her dad and DD2.
Do you think it'd be a problem not having any other activity than eating? It seems a bit weird to be to not doing something else for this age group.
Or what are some activities they could do that wouldn't annoy the other patrons? There is a kmart across the road (just joking!).
Or is this just a bad idea and I should just go tidy the playroom myself...
There are no other activities close by and I can't transport them all in my car unless someone sits in the front. It's on a bus route so we could theoretically catch a bus from eg the ice skating rink or cinema to add an activity. But then it probably would need to be for lunch rather than dinner.

Edited by laridae, 14 August 2018 - 02:00 PM.

#2 sarahec

Posted 14 August 2018 - 02:11 PM

I think it’s a nice idea! I did something similar in primary school.

#3 nup

Posted 14 August 2018 - 02:19 PM

Dinner with friends sounds good. Maybe you could get them each a party bag with loom bands or friendship bracelet wheel or similar so they can make bracelets before or after the meal?

#4 Hollycoddle

Posted 14 August 2018 - 02:22 PM

I think that's fine, my DS got invited to something similar for lunch for a friend's 6th or 7th birthday.

#5 BluJay

Posted 14 August 2018 - 02:23 PM

I would do an activity before dinner. Can you rope in another parent or a friend to help you transport them all? Can one just go in a separate car with your husband and other daughter?

#6 Holly298

Posted 14 August 2018 - 02:46 PM

It’s fine, we often go out with DS and his friends (7) for dinner, I would just have stuff ready at home for them to go back and do as after dinner they will get bored/noisy  if sitting around too long!

#7 AllyK81

Posted 14 August 2018 - 03:05 PM

Maybe I am mean but I would be saying no party at all for not cleaning the playroom!

Otherwise, I would just have some activity for them to do at the table so it is about something other than just eating. Some card games or similar?

#8 ~Jolly_F~

Posted 14 August 2018 - 03:14 PM

I have taken my kids and friends to sizzlers for lunch for birthdays. They love it. They have a great time. They get some freedom to eat what they want and I let them go crazy at the dessert bar.

I might suggest the local eat in pizza hut this year as they arent having big parties but can invite a friend to do an activity.

#9 MsLaurie

Posted 19 August 2018 - 03:36 PM

Something to keep them busy in between scoffing pizza would work. Maybe buy/bring some games like Trouble or Jenga that are easy to play in the middle of the table?
And/or - kids that age often still really like colouring in- maybe a fancy colouring book each as a “party favour” and have a big set of good pencils and gel pens to share in the middle of the table (more colour options than individual small sets & gives them something to chat about in any quiet moments)

#10 zeldazonk

Posted 19 August 2018 - 06:37 PM

I think its fine. I think sitting at their own table would make it seem quite grown up for them. I have fond memories of parties at Sizzler and Pizza Hut around the same age.

#11 Perpetual Sound

Posted 19 August 2018 - 06:55 PM

Wait..... dine in Pizza Huts still exist?!

#12 ~Jolly_F~

Posted 19 August 2018 - 06:56 PM

 Perpetual Sound, on 19 August 2018 - 06:55 PM, said:

Wait..... dine in Pizza Huts still exist?!

Yep and I was reading an article the other day that said they were planning to open a few more.

#13 Perpetual Sound

Posted 19 August 2018 - 07:04 PM

 ~J_F~, on 19 August 2018 - 06:56 PM, said:

Yep and I was reading an article the other day that said they were planning to open a few more.

I guess I'd better dust off my Docs and buy my daughter a fluoro scrunchy!

Must find never ending bowl of mousse and jelly......

#14 laridae

Posted 19 August 2018 - 08:33 PM

 Perpetual Sound, on 19 August 2018 - 07:04 PM, said:

I guess I'd better dust off my Docs and buy my daughter a fluoro scrunchy!

Must find never ending bowl of mousse and jelly......

I think the new ones are a bit more fancy, but the one we go to still has the big bowl of choc mousse and the big bowl of jelly, and the ice cream machine.

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