August 2012 Moms

Birthday party question

I'm apparently a bad hostess because I wasn't planning any games to do for Liam's party because, well, mostly adults will be there with just a handful of kids.

However, I have a co-worker bringing her grandkid (I wasn't expecting but whatever) and she keeps asking me what games we're playing.  I have no idea!

So what are you doing?  Any planned games?  Should I plan some games?  


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  • Oh boy.  I'm annoyed for you right now. 

    We haven't ever done games at the kids' parties until they stopped being family parties and started being friend parties.  I think it was when they each turned four.  Emery won't have games for his first either.  We will be doing bbq on the grill and will have water play set up in the backyard for our kids and the two younger cousins. 

    I wouldn't worry about planning games for the other kids.  If you wanted to you could buy some bubbles and chalk and let them go to town with those, if you are having outside time. 

    Sorry your coworker is being so imposing.

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  • We are having dinner and then cake after. Mina's cousins are coming but we aren't playing games or anything. We do Sunday dinners and it will be pretty much that but with cake and ice cream.

    Maybe I'm the weirdo but I think it's odd that your coworker is so adament about games and stuff.
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  • Well, we're having a carnival theme so games are required. ;)

    I'm not going to go all out because I don't actually expect a lot of kids. 

    • Balloon wall/darts
    • cup toss
    • cornhole 

    Maybe one or two other DIY games.

    None of the 1 yr bday parties I've been to recently had games, though.

  • Um, we are doing zero games.  This is more of an adult party with only a handful of kids.  They can play in the front yard if they'd like.

    ETA: That came out kind of bitchy, but I didn't mean it in a bitchtastic way.

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  • We aren't having any games, but we also don't have any kids coming that are old enough.

    It kinda sounds like your coworker is bringing her grand kid just for the prospect of free stuff.

  • We aren't doing any games either. Just having a BBQ with cake. We only have about 5 kids coming and they're all under 5.
  • We'll only have an adult game - cornhole.  Other than DD, there is a 2-month-old baby and a 17-month old little boy coming.  We have a swing in the backyard that he can play on, and he can play with DD's toys, but we're not having any kid games.
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  • OK.  I was getting a little worried I was going to look like a lazy azz- here's a party with no fun.  LOL.  She went on and on about what games her daughter had for her grandkids at their 1 year party but I'm glad I'm not the only one not planning games. You gals rock.  I think I will get the bubbles and let them play with those.

    I'm having white russians as the "adult milk" for our milk and cookies party so at least the adults will be entertained.  LOL .  


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    Maybe I'm the weirdo but I think it's odd that your coworker is so adament about games and stuff.

    No, I agree with you.  

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  • No games for us either. I had an easy craft for DS's 2nd bday, but not his 1st.
  • We're not doing games. Only one of the 5 kids coming to W's party is actually old enough to play games.

    Most of the birthday parties I go to don't have games. The kids usually run around and play.
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    image LindsayDesigner:
    Maybe I'm the weirdo but I think it's odd that your coworker is so adament about games and stuff.

    No, I agree with you.  


    ITA. That's obnoxious of her to assume something about a party. We're just having splash polls and water tables. DD has some of her friends coming too but they can just play with her toys. It's DSs party and since he can't really play any strictured game I didn't feel the need to set any up.
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  • We had some kids at DS's party, but we didn't play any games. It is unusual around here for games or treat bags to be done for a 1 or even 2 year olds birthday party.
    Tell her the party is for a 1 year old and you will only do things he can participate in, meaning eating, socializing and opening gifts.

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  • This was a point of contention with DH and I. I wanted games and he didn't. He finally convinced me that the few kids that might show up are capable of entertaining themselves and that structured games weren't necessary. So no games it is.
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  • The only children there will be DD, my 3YO niece and possibly my friend's 1YO and newborn.  We are just having food, doing cake and opening presents.  The whole shebang should only last a couple of hours.  I wouldn't be concerned about games.  Maybe just have a couple of toys or coloring books that her grandkid could play with?

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  • I'm having six other children but I just plan to have a couple baby pools and sand toys. For later, I will have s'mores fixings because we are having it at the beach and most people are making a day of it. But again, we're having quite a few kids so we need to have activities for them. No formal games though. 
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  • bigbootyjudibigbootyjudi
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    Uh, no. What a waste of time. No kid wants to sit down for a structured game for more than five minutes. And why would you have a game for ONE kid, who isn't even yours?

    No games and let her know you won't be having any. If she doesn't want to come, then...one less person you have to feed.
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  • rMe6411rMe6411
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    No games necessary... That's just silly. We will have quite a few one year olds there and a few older kids... Games didn't even cross my mind!

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