Planning on hosting a child’s birthday party? Arranging a children’s party can seem like a stressful job… what to do, how many children to invite, how much to spend… but it doesn’t have to be! With a little planning and a willingness to call upon friends and family for help, it can be a doddle!
As a mum of four, I’ve hosted and arranged quite a lot of parties and still am! With this in mind, I’d love to share with you a few things I’ve learnt along the way…
When they are little, it’s perfectly acceptable to look at hosting a children’s party you know they will like rather than asking them to make a decision (Elsa or Moana? You decide!) that may well prove too tricky.
Some of my personal favourites that I have organised over the years for my children are princesses and pirates and beach parties, which included building a ‘beach’ in the garden by using sandpits and paddling pools and serving orange juice out of pineapples. For really little ones, I’ve found they love a party themed around their favourite Disney character or film.
There are several companies around that do inexpensive plates, cups, napkins and decorations which can create a really coordinated look when you are hosting a children’s party.
Look online or try places such as Matalan, TK Maxx and most supermarkets also have a fantastic selection.
Food and Drink
Don’t over complicate the food and drink side of things. Bake or buy a birthday cake or call in a favour from a friend or family member who is creative on the cake front.
Kids just love party food, (and us adults do too, don’t we?!) Sandwiches, crisps, cakes, sausages rolls, carrot and cucumber sticks and juice are all great, easy choices. Throw in some cut strawberries, cut grapes (especially for little ones) and perhaps some pineapple chunks and they’ll have a healthy sweeter choice too!
You can make it even more fun with a picnic style tea… Just arrange the blankets either in the garden, or your living room – great fun and it will help with the cleaning up too!
Older children versus younger children
Up until the age of 10, a themed birthday party is the way to go. Everyone knows what’s happening and they are great fun.
Whether you hold it at home, or somewhere else, is up to you, but in my experience the younger ones are fine at home, although, as soon as they start to run around and get bigger, having a children’s birthday party away from the home protects your family space!
As the children get a little older a circus skills party or a junior go-karting party are great ideas. Choose a venue where you can take your own food, giving you greater control over the costs in this part of the party.
And last, but not least, don’t forget the party games! The old favourites such as pass the parcel, musical statues and musical bumps are always a great hit with children even those who may feel they have outgrown such games!
Oh, and one more thing! When hosting a children’s party, remember to call in help from other parents, friends and family to supervise the children. You will need more helpers the younger they are and this leaves you free to make sure everything runs to plan and everyone, including you, has a fantastic time.