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Old 05-01-2013, 03:39 PM   #1
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Thoughts on birthday party for teens.

I asked DD what did she want to do for her birthday this year. Said she wanted to go bowling, then get pizza and back to our place for cake and a bon fire to roast marshmellows. I asked how many friends, she said with her added in, maybe 16 total.

Holy cow!!! Where she wants to go it's either going to run us, just for the bowling, $130 to $175. It's $260, if we add in 4 pizza's and 8 pitchers of pop to the one package. I have seen the pizza that comes with the packages, it'll be more of a snack for the kids then dinner.

It just seems, like not a lot of bang for the buck. The cheapest option, would be during the afternoon, which I know isn't what she wants, so it be closer to the $175.

I looked up how much it would be to do the other idea she had mentioned awhile ago which was swimming, then the pizza and our place. I like those prices much better. For the 16 kids, it would only run us $56.00 for 5 hours of swimming. That is bang for the buck. Even paying for me, DH, DS, and my brother to get in to the pool wouldn't be much more. It would take 3 of us driving to get all the kids back and forth.

So, which do you think 16 14 to 16 year old kids would like better. 2 hours of bowling or 5 hours of swimming. It would be a mix of boys and girls. She has many close male friends as she does female friends.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:47 PM   #2
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I asked DD what did she want to do for her birthday this year. Said she wanted to go bowling, then get pizza and back to our place for cake and a bon fire to roast marshmellows. I asked how many friends, she said with her added in, maybe 16 total.

Holy cow!!! Where she wants to go it's either going to run us, just for the bowling, $130 to $175. It's $260, if we add in 4 pizza's and 8 pitchers of pop to the one package. I have seen the pizza that comes with the packages, it'll be more of a snack for the kids then dinner.

It just seems, like not a lot of bang for the buck. The cheapest option, would be during the afternoon, which I know isn't what she wants, so it be closer to the $175.

I looked up how much it would be to do the other idea she had mentioned awhile ago which was swimming, then the pizza and our place. I like those prices much better. For the 16 kids, it would only run us $56.00 for 5 hours of swimming. That is bang for the buck. Even paying for me, DH, DS, and my brother to get in to the pool wouldn't be much more. It would take 3 of us driving to get all the kids back and forth.

So, which do you think 16 14 to 16 year old kids would like better. 2 hours of bowling or 5 hours of swimming. It would be a mix of boys and girls. She has many close male friends as she does female friends.
Swimming is a tough one for girls- I know my daughter and her friends stopped with the pool and swimming last year at around 13- none of them have any interest in swimming. I know my daughter would prefer the bowling party. Plus at 14-16 bowling is easy, you drop them off and come back and pay when the party is over, I know my daughter wouldn't want mom, dad and uncle hanging out at her party at that age! For my daughters 13th birthday I dropped her and her 5 friends off at laser tag then came back when they were done and dropped them off at applebees for dinner and picked up when they were finished! I had no desire to sit there with 6 13 year old girls anymore than they wanted mom hanging about.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:50 PM   #3
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I know that my sister, who is 13, would prefer the swimming. We will probably do a pool party for her birthday in fact

While a bowling party is lots of fun that is a lot, eek!
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I think it totally depends on your DD and her group of friends and I think she will be able to answer the question the best. If money is really an issue then I would set a budget and then sit down with your DD and let her know there is X to spend on the party, what do you want to do.
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Ask your daughter.

She's at an age where girls (guys too) are sometimes self conscious about how they look in a bathing suit in front of their peers -- particularly the opposite gender.

"Bang for your buck" is in the eye of the beholder. A five hour party she hates isn't nearly as much fun as a 2 hour party she loves. But you could mention the idea of trimmng back that guest list if she chooses the more expensive option. Or of bowling for 2 hours, then coming back to the house for real pizza.
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I know a lot of girls that age are not yet comfortable swimming at certain times of the month. We ran into that a lot with scouts.

Can you do the bowling and have the pizza back at the house?
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:03 PM   #7
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What part of the country are you in? Here in the Midwest, kids have such a limited amount of time to swim each year that in the summer pool parties are more popular than bowling parties. Summer birthdays are coveted because kids have so many more options for outdoor parties. In the winter most birthday parties are at bowling alleys or fun centers and kids get sick of them.

If you live in an area where you can swim almost year-round, bowling might be more of a treat. I agree with the poster who said to set a budget and then tell you daughter what her options are within that budget.
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For me, there is no way I would spend that much money on a party. Now if she insisted on bowling and the other stuff, which does sound like fun, I would make her cut way down on her list.

Around here, pool parties are always done. I can't remember the last time a teen girl or boy for that matter had a bowling party. I can't imagine
girls being "done" with pool parties at age 13. Different strokes I guess, and different areas of the country.
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:19 PM   #9
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I think my 14 year old would be happy with just having kids over for pizza and a bonfire. Maybe it's just around here but I don't hear of many parties at places much after 12. It's more like atking a few kids out to dinner or house parties.
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I asked DD what did she want to do for her birthday this year. Said she wanted to go bowling, then get pizza and back to our place for cake and a bon fire to roast marshmellows. I asked how many friends, she said with her added in, maybe 16 total.

Holy cow!!! Where she wants to go it's either going to run us, just for the bowling, $130 to $175. It's $260, if we add in 4 pizza's and 8 pitchers of pop to the one package. I have seen the pizza that comes with the packages, it'll be more of a snack for the kids then dinner.

It just seems, like not a lot of bang for the buck. The cheapest option, would be during the afternoon, which I know isn't what she wants, so it be closer to the $175.

I looked up how much it would be to do the other idea she had mentioned awhile ago which was swimming, then the pizza and our place. I like those prices much better. For the 16 kids, it would only run us $56.00 for 5 hours of swimming. That is bang for the buck. Even paying for me, DH, DS, and my brother to get in to the pool wouldn't be much more. It would take 3 of us driving to get all the kids back and forth.

So, which do you think 16 14 to 16 year old kids would like better. 2 hours of bowling or 5 hours of swimming. It would be a mix of boys and girls. She has many close male friends as she does female friends.
Honestly? I'd pick a budget, tell her how much is in the budget and let her plan it. If she wants a party that is more $$ than is budgeted, let her pay the difference if she really wants.
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Bowling over swimming anyday. We have bowling Christmas parties at work. They are fun, fun, fun with a group of people. Some of the best fun ever!!! But, yeah, it's pricey.

Now, I'm not against going all out for a party because this is something we don't do every year. My kids have had about two "big" birthday parties each, so it's cool to spend the bucks when it's not the norm. I wouldn't/couldn't do it every year.
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My son (who is now 19) would have liked both, but probably swimming more than bowling.

I'd tell her if she insists on the bowling, she could only have a few guests.
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I didn't think most teens wanted a party "at" a place like a public pool, YMCA or bowling alley. If I remember from my middle school and high school days, a party would just be hanging out at someone's house...hopefully with no parents bugging us.

Bowling and swimming parties sound like parties for younger kids, but that's just my opinion. I personally wouldn't pay for that many kids to go bowling.
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The bowling doesn't sound too bad (bowling kid parties here are $18 pp). How about having the pizza and soda back at your house? I know dd16 and ds15 would NOT want mom, dad, sibling, and uncle at a party!
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I know a lot of girls that age are not yet comfortable swimming at certain times of the month. We ran into that a lot with scouts.

Can you do the bowling and have the pizza back at the house?
Exactly my thought. I remember having to skip a bar mitzvah party that I really wanted to go to, but it was a swimming party and well the timing wasn't right so I had to cancel at the last minute.

I would do bowling, but not have a birthday party at the bowling alley. Drop the kids off, or take them, go bowling with your husband, son and brother on your own, collect the kids and do pizza when you get back to your house where they can hang out.
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