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#1 BornToLove

Posted 15 February 2020 - 09:39 AM

DD’s birthday is coming up but we are struggling for a party. For her, the best thing about her birthday is sharing it with all her friends... and cake, but mostly her friends 🥰

We originally suggested a small party, maybe 2-3 friends out for the day doing things she enjoys. It keeps costs reasonable for us and She loves the idea, but is struggling with the guest list limit. It’s making her sad and anxious at the though of excluding anyone.

So now I’m looking at cost effective birthday alternatives For a larger group of 10 year old girls and struggling. I’m not opposed to a party at home, but loathe the thought of entertaining so many kids for 2-3 hours. :p

#2 Arthur or Martha

Posted 15 February 2020 - 09:58 AM

What about a movie night at home? Feed them all pizza and cake then let them watch a movie with popcorn and lollies/

#3 kimasa

Posted 15 February 2020 - 10:00 AM

Something we're considering for DD's next birthday is a cake decorating party.

Sounds kind of weird and is dependent on a business being available in your area, but there's a cake business near us that does them. Basically she brings plain cupcakes to your house and teaches everyone how to make all those fancy icing cake decorations, then everyone gets to take the cupcakes they decorated home in lieu of a party bag.

Cuts out the having to entertain everyone yourself bit and the one near me is way cheaper than a location party.

#4 Silver Girl

Posted 15 February 2020 - 10:24 AM

How about dinner at a pizza restaurant? We did this for DS and it was very inexpensive but the kids had fun. We ordered pizza, chips and brought our own cake.

We ran a few easy games. We took a bunch of pegs, and if anyone was caught saying ‘forbidden’ words like ‘birthday’, ‘pizza’, ‘Minecraft’ etc they had to place a peg on their tshirt. Another game was the memory game - they memorised a collection of DS’ toys, then we took one away and they had to guess which one was missing. We also got the kids to pair up and mirror each others’ actions.

#5 sueb31

Posted 15 February 2020 - 10:46 AM

I've done cupcake decorating with 20 x 5 and 6 year olds. It would be easier with 10 year olds!

I googled easy cupcake decorating ideas, printed out and laminated 4 for each table. Went through each design and did a live demonstration.

Supplied ample materials (piping bags of icing were most popular). Encourage them to choose 3 and then do a free choice. Provided a container for them to take home if they wanted (they all chose to do this).

Outlay is the plain cupcakes, materials (I made the icing and put in bags - they sell piping kits at coles) and I got the plastic containers to take home from a packaging place, they probably have stuff like that at Spotlight or something I guess.

It was a big hit.

(You can cook the cupcakes in advance and freeze)

#6 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 15 February 2020 - 12:10 PM

Another idea is to find some cost effective craft kits ( decorate a frame, make a friendship loom band etc) and do that as an activity. If you are not keen on hosting at home, check you local council or area for any small venues ( like a community house) and see if you can rent a room.

#7 Chee72

Posted 15 February 2020 - 12:59 PM

If you’re in Sydney. I took my daughter and three of her friends to Symbio Wildlife Park. They all had a fantastic day as they could touch and feed most of the animals. The place has plenty of tables for lunch, bring your own or there is a coffee shop that sells pies, pizza and chips. Reasonably priced too. I’m thinking of doing it again this year.

#8 Flamincrows

Posted 15 February 2020 - 02:10 PM

We went Ice Skating for DD’s 10th last year, but she has 3 best friends so it was easier for her to choose. She actually had trouble identifying more people when we had a minimum of 8 at a Trampoline place.

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As I mentioned though, they usually have a minimum amount of guests 8-10 so the cost could be high.

#9 Crazyhouseholdof6

Posted 15 February 2020 - 03:53 PM

My DD is 10 next month and we’re doing a kids high tea at a special cafe for her and some friends. It’s not that expensive and something different. She did also consider roller skating as she could’ve invited more friends but decided 3-4 attendees was what she wanted.

#10 Flamincrows

Posted 15 February 2020 - 05:58 PM

View PostCrazyhouseholdof6, on 15 February 2020 - 03:53 PM, said:

My DD is 10 next month and we’re doing a kids high tea at a special cafe for her and some friends. It’s not that expensive and something different. She did also consider roller skating as she could’ve invited more friends but decided 3-4 attendees was what she wanted.

ooh, that’s actually a great idea! Thank you!

#11 trillian42

Posted 15 February 2020 - 06:42 PM

I think 10 is an age where they can start to amuse themselves a bit, and can actually enjoy socialising and not need structured games.

For DD’s 10th, we had afternoon/evening party with about 10 guests - put on some music, they had a dance, ate lollies and fruit, played outside, jumped on the trampoline, we ordered pizza and they helped decorate the cake (just putting lollies and decorations on it). Then settled onto the couch/beanbags and watched a movie, kids got picked up at 9. Easy compared to entertaining say a group of 6-y-is!

#12 aluminium

Posted 15 February 2020 - 06:54 PM

Our DD turns 10 this year, she's planning a Mad Hatter's Tea Party for our house. High-tea homemade (as in a lot of pre-made store bought food). She also considered a bowling party.

#13 Caitlin Happymeal

Posted 15 February 2020 - 07:13 PM

We had a craft party for our ten year Olds last year. Lots of fun. I set up various stations (t-shirt decorating, pet rocks, origami, hama beads) and the kids just did whatever activity took their fancy.

Cake, nibbles and a pinata made for a lovely afternoon. Had about 12 kids I think from memory plus birthday girls.

#14 Leslie Knope

Posted 15 February 2020 - 07:42 PM

My DD had a 10 pin bowling party and her and her friends really enjoyed it.

#15 BusbyWilkes

Posted 15 February 2020 - 07:55 PM

View PostCrazyhouseholdof6, on 15 February 2020 - 03:53 PM, said:

My DD is 10 next month and we’re doing a kids high tea at a special cafe for her and some friends. It’s not that expensive and something different. She did also consider roller skating as she could’ve invited more friends but decided 3-4 attendees was what she wanted.

That’s what I was coming in to suggest! We have done one at home (hired fancy tea sets etc) and cooked food myself and one at a cafe. Both were great.

#16 spr_maiden

Posted 16 February 2020 - 02:02 PM

Pool parties are the go here for that age. Choose a public pool that has various areas - slide,  inflatables, water buckets, shaded pool etc. Bring a few snacks and let them run themselves ragged. Ask a few parents to stay to be extra eyes or if you have older children,  aunts/ uncles that can help.

#17 Atomac

Posted 16 February 2020 - 09:23 PM

What about a pretend sleepover? The kids come in the PJs, with pillows and do all the normal sleepover activities except for actually sleeping over.

#18 darcswan

Posted 16 February 2020 - 09:37 PM


I have the fondest memories of my friends singing our hearts out to Spice Girls. Gotta be away from the prying eyes of parents, and definitely after some sugar has been ingested.

#19 amdirel

Posted 17 February 2020 - 10:52 AM

I've done a high tea for DD at home. They decorated their own tea cup and saucer with glass pens and took them home as a party favour. I can't remember what else they did! Maybe decorated cookies or something. I did up the table in proper high tea fashion, and I found these beautiful tea cups and saucers at the op shop for them to use at the party.

I've also done a cooking party. I made them aprons with their initial appliqued on and they got to wear them and take them home as their party favour. They made mini pizzas and cupcakes I think from memory.

Edit- DD is way too anxious to only invite 3 friends, for fear of offending people, so we usually had about 8 in primary school. Now she's a teen, she has huge trouble cutting her guest list down at all, her last 2 parties have been 30 people I think.

Edited by amdirel, 17 February 2020 - 10:56 AM.

#20 MarciaB

Posted 17 February 2020 - 11:05 AM

A cooking themed party is good for that age.

We did make your own pizza's followed by make your own ice-cream Sundaes.  Throw in a movie in between and party is sorted.

Another thing I did one year was a craft party (I am hopeless at crafts so bear with me) - I went to Spotlight and bought large wooden letters for each initial of the guest.

I put an undercoat of white paint and then bought heaps of washi-tape, sequins and coloured stones and let them decorate.  I also bought cheap photo frames and printed out photos from a home made photo booth (white curtain background and cheap "props" - I raided the dress up box for hats and feather boas and then bought those selfie-sign things from Typo or Cotton on.

They had fun.

You could also do a movie party at the movies - but I find that expensive as you then have to do somewhere for cake and a lot of cinemas around here are touchy about bringing in your own snacks.

#21 BornToLove

Posted 17 February 2020 - 11:54 AM

Thanks all, I love some of these suggestions. The high tea at home might work, the craft party would be a hit.

DD also suggested a specific venue close to home that is inline with the original activity. Unfortunately the website says they need a minimum of 15 (DD has 10 incl her) and is very pricy. I’m going to see if we can make a booking (and pay) for 10. If I can’t, I wonder if we can just go and then head to a cafe close by for cake and milkshakes after?

#22 Silver Girl

Posted 17 February 2020 - 12:50 PM

^We’ve done similar, OP, and so have DS’ friends. You don’t have to pay for the full party ‘package’ if the venue has regular entry fees. Then onto a cafe for cake/milkshakes.

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