Even on a very low budget you can create the most wonderful birthday party for your kids. If your anything like me you will be feeling quite apprehensive about organising a party there are so many little things to worry about and lots to plan, buy and do.
You may also feel slightly competitive, you want your child’s party to stand out and be talked about with gleaming complements. So rather than just conform to the norm and put together a simple everyday kids party why not have a little think and think up a wonderful spectacular party idea or theme that will make every mum ponder with envy. The beauty of a great idea is that you can spend as little or as much as you like on it. So go on and throw the most amazing and talked about party this year.
• Establish a budget, plan your spending, get quotes before you spend and then over spend.
• Check your dates. School holidays? – it’s dreadful to organise a party and then find everyone’s away!
• Save time and stress – do as much shopping online
• Be specific about starting and ending time.
• Do not forget the camera and music.
• Make a written plan and to do lists.
• Delegate jobs, don’t take it all on yourself.
• Take all the help offered.
The age group will determine a lot of factors.
‘There really is no need to go mad when they are very young as they will often become very overwhelmed by too much fuss – first birthdays are more for the benefit of other family members so a small family get-
Keep your invitations limited, Grandparents and one or two close relatives or friends will be ample at your baby’s birthday party. Cake being the main event. This celebration is more about you marking this special day. Looking back over baby photos and videos would be a nice activity, remembering all there 1st’s. Presents should be low-
It is advisable to keep the number of children you invite to your party small or for mums to stay with their children. Some 3/4 year olds will be happy to stay without their parents, but you should have plenty of adults to help with loo visits and hugs. I would suggest short fun party games especially ones with music plus a messy party game with lots of wet wipes/towels handy. A theme would be fun and very cute, especially with fancy dress. However state on the invitations something like, ‘nothing at any expensive as we will be having messy games’. You do not have to go other the top, you could hire a hall, play some music and play a few short games have food a face painter and you have yourself a great fun low key but excellent toddlers birthday party.
The number of children you invite to your 5 or 6 year olds party will depend on what you can cope with. But seriously have a selection of reliable helpers at the ready. Booking a hall would be advisable if you are thinking 10+ guests. Kids can become quite self-
Whether your having a party at home or in a hall organise games, a craft activity would be an excellent addition as this would give the child something to take home or a sporting activity would be great for the boys giving them toy medals to take home.
Plan more party games than you actually need, and have a few calming party games at the ready.
This age group love a good entertainer so if your budget allows it have a look in my directory. Booking an entertainer frees up your time so you can get on with food, cake, candles and party bags
There will come a time where finger foods and magicians just aren’t cool anymore, and expensive high tech and cool presents are more on your child’s mind. Sleep over parties will sound more appealing, and days out with one or two friends will be welcomed. Bowling, go carting or a trip to the local zoo or national history museum will go down a treat. Invite a couple of friends treat them to a MacDonalds and you have happy child.
Set the scene with music and decorations, either ready made or, if you’re feeling creative, homemade, for a more unique feel.
Birthday party music
A birthday party without music just is not a party! If you are holding the party at a venue away from home don’t forget to take your portable CD player. There are lots of children’s compilation CDs about or you could make your own compilation of your child’s favourite music. Children’s TV theme tunes are usually a popular choice.
Balloons, streamers, banners, themed paper, tablecloths, paper plates and cups, spray streamers, party hats and so on all help create an instant party atmosphere. Look out for piñata's, a traditional Mexican party tradition in which a colourful paper mac he object (such as a star or a donkey) is filled with sweets and treats and then hung from the ceiling to be bashed with a piñata stick until its exterior is weakened and all the goodies fall out. They provide a great end to your party.
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Your child will greatly appreciate it if you make some of the decorations yourself, and proud cries of “Mummy made those!” will be heard repeatedly.
There are lots of useful items for making your own party decorations, which you can keep at the ready in a box for when the occasion demands.
It may be worth investing some time making a few decorations that you can use again and again. If you are having a birthday party, for example, you can make a birthday banner with your child's name and age, or just ' Happy Birthday' then it can be used for anyone in the family. Fabric bunting also adds a nice touch and can be re-
A party ‘venue’ can cover everything from your own home to a soft play centre so there is plenty of choice, to suit all budgets. If your child is under three he or she will be enchanted by the idea of having a small group of friends over to play for a hour or two with a birthday party tea so you can save yourself some money and keep your child’s early birthday celebrations small and simple.
As kids get older you may prefer to idea of moving the celebration out of home territory! But with so many options available – from swimming pool parties to trips to the local McDonalds– you will never be lost for choice.
As your child gets older and goes to nursery, pre-
Sometimes, especially with pre-
Popular venues and entertainers can get booked up quickly so you will need to get in quick if you’ve set your heart on a particular entertainer or venue.