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kid-friendly party scale

So we're planning a party in a few weeks, and a friend asked if it'd be "kid friendly". I got to thinking about how there's a lot of gray area in that question... can you bring your kids? sure. should you bring your kids? will you have as much fun with your kids? is it good for your kids?

With that I've decided to rate events on the following scale, which I will call the Spacefem Scale of Kid-friendliness. 10 is as kid-friendly as you can get:

10: We love kids! We're renting a bouncy castle!
9: No special kid prizes, but children are definitely welcome and may even be named on invites.
8: Party is for all ages, will be held during the day to encourage happy kiddos.
7: Party is for adults, but our own kids will be there.
6: Our kids may or may not be there, but our house will be somewhat childproofed.
5: House may contain hazards & breakables, but we'll at least glare at guests who say bad words.
4: Guests will be themselves, but are typically to pretty calm and we didn't invite That One Guy who broke the coffee table last year.
3: Rowdiness is possible, alcohol may flow freely, especially as the night goes on.
2: Debauchery will be tolerated and maybe even encouraged. There will be widespread drinking
1: in the bouncy castle. Better not bring the kids.



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Apr. 24th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
These days I compromise with "5", but only until 9 pm, then it drops down to 2.5 or so. :)
Apr. 24th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
Hmmm, maybe it's just the sort of people I hang out with, but a 3 party seems pretty standards with or without kids. I generally am towards a 6 though... with alcohol.
Apr. 24th, 2011 10:39 am (UTC)
I went to a lot of adult (by adult, I don't mean sexual, just parties with adults) parties as a kid, my parents used to drag my and my brother along. Standard was 5, 4 and 3. Kid parties were generally a 8. Rich kids got a party with a 10 (I mean, bouncy castle!)
Apr. 24th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
Hm. I think I would have swapped a few on your scale (for instance, seems to me 8 is more kid friendly than 9?)

Most of the "adult" parties I went to as a "kid" (and by kid I mean probably ages ... 7-12 or so?) were at about a 3, but the other kids (who were all around the same ages) and I were encouraged to go off in another room (usually a kid's bedroom) and entertain ourselves and stay out of the adults' ways. But by that age, we're old enough to handle it, I think. Younger than that, I don't remember going to any adult parties - usually we had a sitter. Or maybe I just don't remember because I fell asleep?

Apr. 25th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
I kinda think it depends on whether the hosts have kids. I've been to parties where the hosts didn't have kids that were definitely a 1, but I've never been to a 1 party where the hosts were parents. A 3, at the lowest, but only after all kids have gone to bed.
I don't have kids, so I throw 1 parties, and I warn people that not only is our house far from childproof, our dog gets bitey when you nudge her, so perhaps not smart to bring kids.
And honestly, when I'm invited to a 10 party, I tend to not go, because I'm liable to not get any "adult time" with the people I came to see.
Apr. 25th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
I'm a parent and I'm throwing a 1 birthday party for myself. Thank god for good friends who will do overnight babysitting. :D
Apr. 25th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
My current lodgings aren't suited for anything above 5 or below 4. But the parties I prefer to go to are in the 2-4 range. Actually, children find me amusing when I've been drinking because I'm willing to have inane conversations with them.
Apr. 26th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
My friends recently held a birthday party for their one year old. It was fabulous. They invited all their friends, young, old, with kids, and without kids. They advertised it as a musical party, and invited everyone to bring something that makes music. They also said gifts were optional and they would prefer second-hand or fair-traded items. They held it in a big room at a church and arranged chairs in a circle with lots of little drums and shakers and castanets in the middle. There was a sing along and a buffet table and a sugar-free cake. The birthday girl sort of wandered around, playing with the other kids. We sang happy birthday to her, and she was just pleased to be there. As were we all.
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