That was before the thought of rampaging four and five year olds trudging mud into my new (beige) lounge carpet came into my mind. Chocolate fingers on my new (cream) sofas. Jelly in my (oatmeal) dining room carpet. Yes, I'm talking about ..........
........ daughter's 5th birthday party.
I have now seen the light - pay someone else to entertain and feed them, just provide cake and party bags and then go home to clean, quiet house.
Now, what to book?
Well, I've been scrutinising various parties we've been to this year:
Indoor play area - fun, but not really a party, just children playing individually, then lunch
Bowling - complete disaster, four year olds not bothered about knocking down pins and had to eat food on their laps. It wasn't pretty!
Farm - great time, but heavily dependent on weather; lots of mud and wellies and cold, wet mums!
Church Hall - still have to do catering and clean up after, too much like hard work
Pony Riding (I know, but she does go to a private school) - kids loved it, but limited number allowed and have to book a year in advance
No joy there then. So last week, while daughter was at another party, I talked to other mums and found out what they'd been to and one recommended a local garden centre with a steam train. We've taken daughter there for rides and for lunch in the restaurant. We've even been there at Christmas for the Santa Express. They've just started doing children's parties.