Whether you are having your child’s birthday party at home or at a venue, there are five top tips to make the celebration an exciting all-round success. Having planned and hosted more than 20 children’s parties over the years I have learned a few things that I wish I’d known in those early days. Looking back at some of my party disasters and successes I’ve pulled together a handy list of the five must-dos to make your child’s party an absolute gem of a celebration!
1. Show off the party cake
When my son turned eight I had his birthday cake made and personalised by a local cake decorator. It was a Harry Potter themed cake – a huge square double layered chocolate sponge covered immaculately in white sugar icing with a photo-sharp image of Harry Potter and his friends on the top. It was a show-stopper, but amid all the party fiascos I left it in the corner of the party venue in its massive white box for no one to ogle over. Only minutes before the goodbyes did I bring it out for the candle lighting and birthday singing, followed by a methodical dissection and then the final journey to party bags.
So number one on this list, put your child’s party cake on display. Show it off, make it the table centrepiece – prop it up on a cake stand and let everyone appreciate it.
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2. Bring out the party streamers
A burst of colour is a definite way to bring in the party cheer, and what better way than with an old-time favourite: crepe paper party streamers. They’re often forgotten these days, but they make a big statement. Match them up with the party’s colour theme and get creative. They’re inexpensive and give an instant party feel to any celebration, whether outdoors or inside. There are so many fantastic ways you can use paper streamers to decorate – and it’s so easy! Have a look at our crepe paper streamers’ decorating ideas on Pinterest here.
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3. Create a party photo booth Party photo booths are a popular scene at many weddings and you can easily create one too for your child’s party. They are super fun and children love them because it’s a chance to make-believe and have plenty of giggles. They don’t take up much space and are guaranteed to be a hit. Create your own photo booth by making a backdrop – this can be a curtain, steamers or colourful paper. Add a box of props – like wacky sunglasses, old-fashioned hats or funny face masks and you’re good to go. You can also include a batch of disposable cameras for kids to take their own photos, or have someone on standby to take the snaps. Send each party guest a few of their best snaps when you send out the party thank yous. Get some fun ideas about creating a photo booth on our Pinterest board here.
4. Keep party food simple and fun
Children’s party food should be simple and fun because it’s easier for you to prepare and young ones really do prefer simplicity over complex when it comes to grub. It also makes sense to keep the food simple especially if any party guests have food intolerances or allergies. Top tips: Use cookie cutters to cut out sandwiches; thread colourful fruits onto skewers; make mini jelly pots and top with marshmallows; pack fresh veggie sticks into colourful candy cups; or make mini hot dogs and sweet potato chips. Find great party food ideas on our Pinterest board here – and see our previous post here about healthy kids’ party food ideas.
5. Turn on the music!
Something we don’t tend to think of during all the party planning and rushing around, but cheerful background music at a child’s party immediately brings on the party spirit. It puts everyone at ease and gets them into a festive mood. Create a playlist of your child’s favourite tunes and then turn on the sounds during the party. Also, when the music is turned off then everyone knows the party’s over – ‘till next time anyway!