My daughter is turning 6 in less than 3 weeks - which means I need to plan a birthday party. She's been having parties at home for the last few years but now she wants to have it at one of the childrens play centers and in particular, the one all the kids from school are going to.
The price PER CHILD at these centers for a birthday party is €16 There are 15 girls in her class, about 5 boys she is friendly with, cousins and out of school friends - I'm looking at the guts of 30 kids she will be looking to invite - €480!! There is no way I can afford to pay that out for them to get to play in a ball bit and a few slides for 2 hours and eat some chicken nuggets and chips.
The last two years we hired in a clown/face painter. First year worked great, the clown was fantastic and the kids loved it. Second year it didn't hold their attention for longer than 10 min and even though from the same company, it was a bit of a disaster. I could bring the pony home for the day and let them ride, but don't want to as I don't trust the kids not to do something completely silly.
Suggestions would be very much appreciated, as I'm at a bit of a loss here.