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Everyone loves a party and no one can party harder or longer than a kid right? One of the things we have found since popping out our two off spring is the decline in dinner parties. At the time we started to have babies our friends were still sorting out engagement parties and wedding venues. We were the only ones with a baby and as such found the invites to dinners were few and far between. That was okay, we understood. Those without children can feel a bit uncomfortable as they do not know what to predict with a child that is not theirs. We were like that too!  For a while there we felt a bit unsure about how we would go having people over for dinner with a toddler underfoot and that was our own child!

Over time though we have steadily increased our circle with other parents all with children in similar age groups as our two and are excitedly starting to plan these dinner parties and barbecues. Right now we are putting together our first kids Halloween party. Growing up with three younger brothers my parents never held any parties, and all of us kids would be rounded up and locked in the broom cupboard! No, seriously that never happened. My brothers and I like to joke about it to get a rise out of mum (sorry mum!). My parents would throw fantastic family parties for our friends and they would always make sure that there were games and activities for the children and we also had our own little party area and the lounge room was converted into a movie theatre. It worked every time.

For some people they think that with the kids about, they won’t be able to sit with other grown-ups and have that longed for dinner with adult conversation without having a little face pop in front of theirs “scuse me mum, scuse me mum…mum, mum, mum, mum”. The trick is getting the children’s side of the party down to a fine art. If your guests don’t have children, then get your children outside and run them about so by the time they have had dinner and bath they are in bed sound asleep before your first guest arrives. If there are going to be other children about, include them in it. The more you try to divide the kids from the grown-ups, the harder they are going to work at becoming included. You can make them feel like special guests with their own tables and table settings. If they are not going to eat what you have cooked (grown-up food blurhg!), whip up something they will like – mini pizzas are always a firm favourite with my two. If they think they have what you have, they will be happy to do their own thing.

Have the DVD player on the ready for some quiet time after dinner so the adults can sit at the table and talk. If they are still a little bit excitable, have some extra little activities on hand such as colouring in, craft packs, board games (especially if dinner is indoors). If it is a themed party (Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day etc.) you can find your supplies at Pink Frosting’s online party shop and there you can also stock up on kid-friendly favours and activities.

The pros for hosting parties at home to me outweigh the cons. It is convenient to be at home, you don’t have to worry about babysitters, getting home at a certain time and the best bit is your children develop social skills by watching how their parents interact and by spending time with other kids. If all else fails, just pop the kids in the broom cupboard and reconsider a social life when they have all grown and left home!

 



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