When your child attends a birthday party do you expect them to be fed? DD is having her birthday party at a spa place, the birthday parties are three hours long and they only allow cake to be served because of time constraints. They do allow you to book an extra 30 minutes of time which is an extra $50 but that would make the party three and half hours long and put the cost of the party at almost $500. Money isn't really the issue, this is DD's first real birthday party where she's inviting friends from school so I want it to be awesome for her.
She's going to be nine years old and in years past I always give her the option if she wants a big party or she wants to go somewhere fun. So last year we went to the American girl store and had lunch and she picked out a doll for her birthday present. This year she wants a party as her present ( I wish she chose a big gift lol) so I wanted some opinions as to if I should maybe make the party from 1 to 4 and only serve cake since it's between lunch and dinner, or if I should start the party earlier maybe 10 or 11 o'clock and then book the extra half-hour for the pizza. My only concern is that three and half hours is a really long party compared to some of the other ones we've been to at the jump place or laser tag. please help me lol :)