Children’s birthday parties are so much fun, just a joyous haze of fairy bread and screams of excitement.
When you are a child.
When you are an adult throwing your child's birthday party it can be little less fun and a lot more expensive. So here is a range of party ideas to kick off the planning phase. Note birthdays have a way of sneaking up on you, so start planning at least a month early, once you have your theme it will make choosing invites, decorations and party bags a lot easier (Please note - party bags are essential and sometimes the only way you can get children to leave the party).
Superheroes, princesses and pirates, there are a plethora of characters that kids would love the opportunity to dress up as. It also gives you a chance to turn your house into a grand castle or a pirate ship. The kids will get a chance to fully embrace their characters and you get to have lots of photos of them looking adorable in tiaras and eyepatches. A clever activity for a character party is free printable the kids can make like these adorable princess ornaments or easy-to create pirate finger puppets.
Basketball, bowling, gymnastics or trampolines most sports centres now offers children party options. Nothing better for burning off the vast amounts of cake-based energy than a couple of hours of organised activities based around your child's favourite sport. The added benefit of having the party at a venue means you don’t need to get your house guest ready and after all the fun you can head home without having to worry about hours of cleaning. This is a great option for active kids and the other parents can relax and have a chat while the kids are entertained.
Arts and Crafts Party
Perfect for creative kids, an arts and crafts party lets children unleash their artistic abilities. Set up stations with the art supplies for each child's project (put down plastic drop sheets under each station and over anything you don’t want to be covered in paint or glitter). A great option is to make their own bath bombs or bird house, or for younger kids, paint their own figurine then they have something to take home (along with a party bag).
Magicians are an underrated option for children's entertainment. The children will be spellbound by the never-ending hanky and disappearing foam balls. If you are up for it, you can become a master Magician for the day and impress your kids and their friends with these easy magic tricks. Kids love the excitement and if you show them how to do each trick they will they will be asking you to pick a card for weeks.
This is only a summer option, as organising an outdoor party when you are unsure of the weather means you will have to have an entire indoor backup plan. So you effectively have to organise two parties, which is not ideal. Choose a good playground and set up your party table, most playgrounds and picnic areas have shaded tables you can commandeer, a few helium balloons and snacks for the kids and you are all set. Depending on the age of the children, they can just play and run around free-range between food, drink and cake-cutting stops or you can organise some games. Classic outdoor party games like egg and spoon races and scavenger hunts are always a hit.
Important advice - If you choose to have your birthday celebration at home, you will need to prepare your house for the onslaught of a dozen or so little ones, making sure anything you would like to remain ‘unbroken’ above shoulder height, any tripping, choking or allergy risks are removed, which may include beloved pets. Another much-overlooked consideration is the other parents, two hours can be a long time when you are not part of the fun, if you want to win the adults over make sure there are beverages available, a homemade cuppa or a coffee tab makes all the difference.
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