What’s your party Plan B?
Weather can ruin the perfect birthday party- do you have a backup plan?
For moms, dads and, of course, the birthday child, a party helps to create some wonderful memories of childhood. Sometimes months of planning go into that special day, not to mention lots of cash, so don’t be caught off-guard if the weather  (or another factor) threatens to spoil all of your careful planning: Have a birthday party Plan B.

We asked some experienced moms and dads what precautions they take to ensure that the perfect teddy bear’s picnic isn’t a washout, or that pool party dosen’t turn into a tsunami:

Garages and braai rooms

  • “We have a massive garage! That will comfortably fit a jumping castle and all the kids.” Nelia
  • “One year I organised the party in the garden - it rained on the day - and WOW I manged to entertain 20 children aged 6 in our home.. It was a bit hectic, as I got them to play hide and seek - bad idea!!! But we had fun. Never again! Since then I always book indoor parties at other venues!!!” Genny
  • “BIG braai room, thank goodness. Hired a jumping castle one year. beaut weather the whole weekend, except the few hours of the party, when it poured with rain.” Debbie
Leaving it to God?
  • “I’m planning my sons 3rd birthday party which is happening later on this month and I have no plan B whatsoever, I’m just hoping it doesn’t rain. I’m leaving it 2 God.” Masego
  • “Both my kids are in May. My daughter will be 5 and son 2. We always have a party venue with indoors/outdoor options as the weather can be so unpredictable then.” Brigitta
  • “For Layla's 1st b’day we hired a hall.” Carlos
  • "Spur". Wendy
  • “My daughter’s birthday is in autumn so I always make sure its an indoors venue or at least a nearby indoor back up plan” Nicole
If you live in a part of the country where the weather is reasonably reliable, this may not be such a huge issue, but, just remember, Flings, Fizzers and fruit juice don’t cope well in the rain, even if it is just a freak storm. You can plan some indoors activities just in case, especially ones which can be played outdoors, too, such as pass the parcel, musical chairs or pin the tail on the donkey.

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