Five Good Reasons to have Smaller Party

Five good reasons to have a smaller party

This has been a question knocking about in the media for some time now, indeed we have previously done a post on how many children to invite but here’s five good reasons for having a smaller party, and why we think it’s better all round for you and your child.

1. Expense

Large parties are expensive. Not only have you got to hire a venue and book the entertainment but also provide the food and party bags for a large number, it soon scales up. Save it for a holiday!

2. Mayhem

Ok, sometimes it’s nice to see kids let rip. To watch them expend some of that energy we all wish we had, it’s good to get active and mess about. When the children’s anticipation is mixed with the fuel of party food, kids parties become very lively. So unless there are professionals in charge – either teachers or entertainers who are used to large numbers of noisy kids – don’t try – they’re hard to keep under control and very stressful, keep it small… Or take a first aid box, a large bottle of wine and hide in a cupboard!

3. How to get them all there on time.

If a venue is some distance away not all parents will be able to drive to the venue, keep in mind public transportation, not everyone has the luxury of a car.

4. Intimidating

Think back to when you were a child. When did you feel most treasured? Was it with your family and close friends around you? Or being the centre of a large crowd? Most children really do love being the centre of attention, but not all in a large crowd. A lot of children will feel more comfortable and enjoy the experience with those they know best. A smaller party doesn’t mean less exciting or less popular. And a large group does not equal being more liked, in fact some will resent you for showing off.

5. Time for change – enjoy a smaller party

Don’t follow the crowd because everyone else seems to be doing it. Ok, maybe every child up until now has had a all-class party, time to break the mould. Your child won’t be inviting everyone in their class in a few short years anyway. Some well thought out birthday games are still immense fun for kids, so whatever you do, do include birthday games and keep it simple.

Thanks for reading, please leave a comment x




  1. Bear and Cardigan 28th January 2016 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    We only had one big party, it was my sons 5th birthday and I was 41+ weeks pregnant and didn’t want the party at home. We hired a hall just across the road and took food. It was a complete nightmare! Children running around like idiots, no one playing games, I was too large to do anything about it so I just sat and watched. They had great fun but that was the one and only big party! #abitofeverything

    • Acting the Party 29th January 2016 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      Oohpf, 41 weeks! You’re marvellous for even contemplating a party, it must have been pretty stressful. whenever we held a big party we tried to do a joint one with friends, some were good, others disastrous!

  2. Agent Spitback 29th January 2016 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    I agree with you – big parties can be overwhelming for children and adults! What’s important to me is how the invites are handled. I have written a post about that. Thanks for sharing with #abitofeverything

  3. Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault 29th January 2016 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    My two never had a whole class party … except for one cheat one. It was just before we moved to France and our youngest asked if he could have a magician … at his nursery. We asked, they said yes and we had the event there. But no parents were asked to bring presents and most didn’t know it was his birthday anyway. The Nursery provided the normal tea for all the children and we added a few extras and a cake. Great fun was had by all and behaviour was great. I am eternally grateful to the Nursery fora allowing us to do it and both our sons still remember it well. #Alittlebitofeverything

    • Acting the Party 29th January 2016 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      What a great cheat!! I love it, and I should think both the magician and the nursery teachers were quite pleased with the change. It must have made your children feel pretty special too. I wonder if anyone else organised anything similar after you. I will have to pass that tip on. #alittlebitofeverything

  4. Poptop Children Parties 7th February 2017 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    It’s actually much easier and it will be easier to agree upon things to do that your close friends like. You can go out to lunch, see a movie, and there is probably some local event that you can go to.

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