Planning a children’s birthday party can be daunting – there are so many things to think about and plan. You don’t need to spend a fortune however as children just want to have their friends around and have some fun ! Here are some of our top tips for Children’s Birthday parties made easy.
Plan the best time and place.
It can be difficult to decide when to have a party but the best way is to decide who you want to attend, is it just a few school friends or will there be friends and family from further afield coming along ?
Last year my daughter did an after school party with 6 of her best friends and I collected them all from school and we walked home. They brought a party outfit with them and getting dressed was all part of the fun. They played some games, did a craft, danced and had tea. They all went home happy when their parents collected them after work etc. If your guests are younger then you may want parents to be in attendance so pick a time when you know everyone will be around.
If you have family and friends from further afield then a weekend party may be best, we found a Sunday was easiest as a lot of people have activities on a Saturday. A Sunday afternoon tea party is easy to cater for and means you don’t need to cook a proper lunch or dinner.
I am a big fan of using disposable plates and cups for a birthday party. I know it isn’t always the best for the environment but it is easier all round, there is no worrying about broken cups and plates and it makes tidying up afterwards so much easier ! We were gifted a great party pack from Party Bags and Supplies in my daughters’ favourite Minions design. It included everything you need to make the party go smoothly without any running around trying to find matching cups and plates. There are designs to suit all ages from Thomas the Tank Engine to the Avengers with all the Disney characters in between ! We found everything to be great quality and perfect for a party at home.
I always think that simple is best for party food. It is easiest to have a party mid afternoon then you only really need some snacks and drinks and not a meal. Go for the classics that everyone likes and remember to check for any allergies in advance. Some of our favourite party foodss are simple sandwiches, pizza fingers, crisps and carrot & cucumber sticks. Slices of melon always go down well with hot and thirsty party guests. You will need a cake of course or some cup cakes for the guests to take home. Remember the candles for the cake and some matches.
There are some great ideas for simple party food ideas over at Mumsnet. We love this quote from the site:
Rule one. They don’t eat much. I promise you, no matter how much trouble you go to, you will either throw it away or end up eating most of it yourselves for the next umpty-two weeks. Rule two. Keep it minimal and simple. Rule three. Buy yourself a big bottle of wine. TsarChasm
Party bags are a real bug bear for some people but love or loathe them they are sort of expected. You can get some great pre-filled party bags in the same theme as your tablewear etc that takes all the hassle out of the preparation, great if you are rushed for time, just pop in a slice of cake or a cupcake and you are done. We got these cute Minion ones that would suit either boys or girls.
Another idea is to give all the guests a book to take away, you can find some great deals over at the book people website with sets of classic stories for under a £1 a book.
Remember that a party is meant to be fun for the children and not a competition on who can spend the most or whip up the most fabulous birthday cake !
We were gifted some party supplies from partybagsandsupplies.co.uk but all views are our own.