J.H. asks from Ephrata, PA on May 30, 2008
First Birthday Party
I am thinking about having a birthday party for my daughter's first birthday at chuck e cheese. Its only 5 kids and 20 adults. Outside food is not allowed and buying thier food is really expensive. Would it be wrong if the party is from 2pm-330 and food is only provided for the children? Or should Ihave finger foods for the adults?
***I do live in PA but all of my family lives in New York which is why I'm doing her party over there. My brother and sister in law allowed to do it in there house but unfortunetly something came up and I'm not sure if I will still be allowed to do it there which is why I turned to CEC as plan B.***
So What Happened?™
Thank you all for your advice. My sister in law and brother ae going to be able lend me thier home for the party so I'm going to be able to stick to my original plan. Thanks all for your advice!
C.M. answers from Allentown on June 02, 2008
I would not do Chuck e Cheese for a one year old. It is very loud, she will probably be scared of the mouse and she is really too little to play the games. I would not do chuck e cheese until six - if ever.
D.F. answers from Pittsburgh on May 31, 2008
Hi, I am a SAHM of a beautiful 18 mo and we were thinking about doing her party at Chuck E Cheese this fall as well but I looked into it and there is a place that is cheaper and has a pizza party with games to play (they don't have the mouse). I would start off by trying to look out there for some place cheaper. If that is not an option then I would be ok with having the party in the middle of the afternoon and ordering a basket of munchies. With the cake the adults should be fine. I would explain it to the adults by saying that the party package allows for a piece of pizza and a drink per child but doesn't cover the adults. With the travel cost of you coming to them rather than them having to come to you, it just isn't in the budget to buy any extras for the party. They should understand.
K.S. answers from Pittsburgh on May 31, 2008
I agree that you must feed the adults if you are feeding the kids. Unfortunately this is the way it goes until the parents can drop off their kids. The only way around it is to skip the pizza and just have cake for everyone. That will save money and the Chuck E. pizza isn't very good anyway! And who need pizza in the middle of the afternoon? Good luck and have fun!
H. answers from Pittsburgh on May 30, 2008
I agree with Denise. I think keeping things simple will help your daughter to better enjoy the day. It's easy to go overboard. Little ones can get really overstimulated and then just get grumpy. For all three of my little ones' 1st birthdays we just had it at home with relatively simple food. The kids just free played either indoors (for my Feb baby) or outdoors (my May and Sept babies) while the adults visited and ate/drank. The kids grazed as they wished. We paused for cake and then did gifts at some point. It always turned out fun and relaxed.
I didn't organize any games or crafts figuring the kids would really be happiest just playing and wouldn't really understand the organized activity anyways. That went well.
A really important factor you want to consider when planning the timing of your party is the time of day. Pick the time of day that your daughter is at her best. You want her to have fun and to enjoy the day yourself. If you pick naptime because it fits your schedule best, you will likely have a grumpy guest of honor. Once you have decided on the time of day, then that can guide your food choices.
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D.P. answers from Pittsburgh on May 30, 2008
This is just my personal thought on the first birthday party occasion...why not just have a simple cookout & cake & ice cream at your home for your daughter's first birthday? Since you are having mostly adults attending, why plan a party where they will not be getting lunch or dinner? Believe me, the kids will get more out of Chuck E Cheese when they're 4 or 5 than at 1 or 2. Just a thought. Have fun no matter what you do!
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J.B. answers from Philadelphia on May 31, 2008
Maybe you shouldn't have the party @ Chuck E. Cheese if it's only going to be 5 kids. If anyhting you could have a little something at your house and order pizza or other food for adults that may be cheaper than Chuck E. Cheese. Even if your baby is walking, at 1 year she won't be able to enjoy the games there. you can also go to ACME and SHOPRITE with her birth certificate and they each will give you a free 1/4 sheet cake. (This may allow extra money for food for the adults.) Hope this helps and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the BABY!
A.B. answers from Pittsburgh on June 01, 2008
Are there any parks nearby where you can have it. We do this with my son every year. The kids can play on the playground. Adults can do whatever they want. And as far as food, we've done the whole picnic thing burgers and hot dogs, salads, chips etc. And we've also ordered pizza from a local pizza shop - usually you get great discounts when ordering a large quantity. It seems to work out well for all. Sometimes the pavilions are on first come first serve basis, and most times you need to call the parks and recreation department to reserve one for a small fee. I also would like to add re: chuck e cheese, is that it's like a group party for all the birthday kids at once, no special attention is given to each child. I prefer to give my kids that one day when it is ALL about them. Good Luck on what you decide.
R.G. answers from York on May 31, 2008
Hi. If you can do the party at a families home it would be the best because the first birthday usually is more adults and more presents than the rest. Check out some local parks or other places that would allow you to bring your own food, maybe a firehall if there are any places that would be cheaper and allow for more time with the family. CEC is really not a great place for a party ecspecially for children under 5, usually there are more video games than climbing toys so the price can become more because of buying more tokens. There are probably places that would be more suited and enjoyable for you little one. But if you cant find anything else maybe your parents or other family members would be willing to pitch in for cost if you have to go with CEC. If all else fails Im sure the family would understand that extra food is not in your budget and you are doing so many things to include them. I hope this helps and try not to stress out over this, remember this party is for you beautiful daughter and will be great to her even if she just gets to spend a wonderful day with mommy.
K.B. answers from Harrisburg on May 31, 2008
You can do a party at any time and in any fashion you wish, lol! Whatever works for you! Most kids parties I've been to and have had for my own 5 has never had food for the adults except for maybe some chips cuz it was at my house. If I was to hold it outside the home then I wouldn't worry about the adults unless I was specially having a lunch or dinner party. The party is for the kids so that's what I always focused it on. If the adults get hungry they can order something. It depends on your budget too. If you feel strongly about feeding the adults as well, be sure you put that in your budget cuz adults can eat, lol!
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S.B. answers from Philadelphia on May 31, 2008
Do you particularly like Chuck E Cheese? (I personally don't, but I know there are those who do!) With many more adults than children, I would suggest having it someplace more enjoyable to adults. I'm sure you're really busy getting your nursing degree, but why not have it at home? (A one year old will be happy running around anywhere.) Or a lot of local parks have gazebos, BBQs & tables that you can reserve. The adults can enjoy a low-key BBQ while the children have fun on the playground equipment.
M.H. answers from Harrisburg on May 31, 2008
Personally, I would not go to Chuckie Cheese at all since there will be more adults that children and the adults would probably appreciate a party elsewhere! You can have a fabulous party at your house where you can serve whatever food you want and still have a lovely time. Plus, at one year of age, your daughter won't enjoy Chuckie Cheese for the price you will be spending! Good luck!