Throwing a kids birthday party should be a lot of fun for everyone. All it takes is a bit of planning and, of course, a cracking birthday cake.
Here are our top tips for the perfect party.
When it comes to party time, it’s easy for parents to stress out and blow out the budget, but throwing a birthday party for your child should be fun for all. It just takes planning, a well-paced party schedule and a brilliant birthday cake.
Remember, within reason, to include the party boy or girl in the preparations, keep the party to 1.5 to 2 hours to avoid any over-excited meltdowns and if numbers are an issue, use the fall-back rule that the number of guests should equal the age of your child plus one.
Every Party Needs a Theme
The best place to start with any party is with a theme. Once you have a theme in mind, it opens the doors to a huge world of options, from food to decorations. These little details are what make the bash something really special.
Often it’s a no-brainer (your little boy is super-hero-mad), but if you’re scratching around for ideas, here are a few possibilities:
- Traditional fancy dress – for boys and girls of all ages
- Builder – for boys age 2-5
- Fairy or princess – for girls age 2-8
- Under the sea – for boys and girls age 3-8
- Pirate – for boys (and girls!) age 2-8
- Spooky – for boys and girls age 6-10
Maybe ask your children to help you to create some eye-catching invitations to give your guests a taste of what’s to come. A hand drawn invite will definitely stand out on the fridge and will set the tone for the good times ahead.
Food, glorious food
But it is also good to keep any party theme going, for example ‘AFL Cupcakes‘ (order a range of cupcakes so that your guests can choose their favourite teams) for a sporty party, or Gingerbread Men for a pirate party.
Be aware of any food allergies – it’s best to avoid anything with nuts and to offer a gluten-free option. You may also want to offer some healthy snacks, like ‘traffic light’ fruit pops (balls of watermelon, banana and kiwi fruit on a paddle pop).
Make a game of it
You could go all out and hire a jumping castle and entertainers or you can keep things simple and go for traditional games that never lose their appeal – especially with younger children.
3 – 4 Years
- Pin the Tail on the Donkey
- Simon Says
- What’s the Time Mr Wolf
5 – 6 Years
- Three-legged races
- Sack races
- Egg-and-spoon races
7 & Older
Older kids may be ready for simple crafts like making pirate hats, princess crowns or other novelties.
Of course everyone loves to have a go at whacking the piñata to release a shower of toys and lollies.
Let them eat cake
Ideally if you’ve got a theme you’ll want to stick with it (or pick a theme to fit the cake you want to make!). It is always fun to sit with your child and let them pick the cake they would like on their big day.
The best idea when you’re putting together a kids goody bag is to set yourself a budget per child and stick to it.
Good options for goody bag fillers are pencils, erasers, balls, stickers, hair clips and jewellery (for girls), small toy cars/dinosaurs/animals, small books, small bottles of bubbles and, of course lots of yummy sweet treats. Make sure you ask the birthday boy or girl to help you out as well
Remember that it is fine to tailor the goodies to each child’s age – one doesn’t have to fit all!
Fun times are good times
Most importantly, remember that your kids birthday party is all about having fun, and that goes for big and little kids alike! Enjoy yourself and let the good times roll!