It seems that many families try to outdo each with birthday parties for their children. Either being taken to expensive places or having entertainers to keep the children amused.
A friend was stuck as to what to do when it was her son's tenth birthday. We were talking about it and I told her that I would organise things for her.
On the invites for the fourteen boys invited, they were told to bring outdoor waterproof clothing. The children arrived and were all wondering what they were going to do.
They were all handed a card and pencil and sent off with a list for a paper chase come treasure hunt. The trail sent them just over two miles. They had things to collect on the way.
They set of in rain which turned to torrential. None returned deterred. They returned about 2 hours later, red faced, complaining they were to hot, filthy dirty and most, non to dry. (Finding a four leaf clover kept them hunting!)
They were all 'starving' and tucked into sausages, beans and fries followed by various desserts. Plates were cleaned.
After eating I set about playing old fashioned Victorian party games, some of these are real set ups and done individually, so they wait outside the room. The first participant has the most fun because they get to watch the others.
I admit to being shocked that they were all so keen to keep playing.
When parents arrived, seven hours after dropping them off, they collected tired, fun filled boys that were excited to tell how much fun they had.
One lad came to me and said "I never knew that playing outside in the rain could be so much fun!"
The kids loved it, parents couldn't believe that such fun could be had for so little money, apart from the food and some simple prizes, it cost nothing!
Perhaps I should become a party organiser?