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    Default Time for bday party.

    Ok, i posted this here b/c its for her 4th bday party and all the kids coming but 2 are going to be 4.

    So I am having W's bday on a Monday (shes doesn't go to school on Monday's and neither do the other kids coming) I am unsure of what time to have it.

    I was thinking afternoon 12-2, but my DH thinks it should be no earlier than 4:30 pm, incase parents work.

    What do you think?

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    unfortunately, I think he is right. Alot of parents wont be willing to take off work for their kids to come to a b-day party during the day. I would bet that a bunch are in daycare (home or centre).

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    I would go for after work as well...

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    most of them are school friends, I know two have SAHM's and the others that don't go to school with her have SAHM“s .

    but there is one friend I am unsure if her mom/dad works or not and I wouldn't expect anyone to take time off work for a bday party.

    ETA: yeah now that I think of it, I will try to talk to the one parent that I don't know too well, and see if she works outside of the home. The others don't work may be busy (of course theres always a chance of that) but don't work.
    Maybe run the times by the parents at drop off/pick up, the two I talk to everyday, I will see what they think.
    i would personally hate a party that went till close to 7 on a weekday the night before school ykwim. So I hope that we could make afternoon work.
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    I would probably have an evening get together as well. If you know the person you could offer to watch the child that day? I dunno, hon! Things get complicated as they get older.

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    But how late for kids that young? I know of a few that go to bed around 7pm. If its 4:30 does that give parents enough time to get to a party? I donno....the kids will have to be up for school the next day, W is OK she goes to bed at 8pm, but I don't want to infringe on bed time.

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    I wouldn't want to do an evening birthday party for kids that age, personally. In my experience around 5 pm seems to be the witching hour, and if there is school the next day it would be worse.

    Talking to the parents about how an afternoon party would work for them seems like a good idea to me, especially if most don't work outside the home.
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    Were you unable to host the party on the weekend?

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    If you're SURE the parent dosen't work, then cool...but if you're doing a weekday thing and any parents are working, you can't really go before 5:30, IMO. That is probably cutting it short for 4 year olds, but most parties are 1.5 to 2 hours if they're at a location.

    A Friday night would be different, though. Bedtimes are more flexible.

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    Personally I would try and shift it to a weekend, or a Friday night. I think it's a bit of a push to do a weeknight activity for lots of parents, whether they work outside the home or not.

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    I agree, I'm not a fan of parties on week nights.

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    I am going to try for the Sunday, try but the problem is that DH is works Saturdays and I am not doing this without him. I know two of the girls are always busy on Sundays, so I am going to talk to their parents about the times they are busy (they have exter cirricular activities).
    But it may stay Monday afternoon.

    ETA: can't do a Friday night DH works. He works 10 to 12 hrs, every Wed, thrus, Fri, Sat..

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    I think it is a good idea to check with the parents. If it fits that you can do it during the day, then it works out for the best!
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