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Friday, 13 June 2014

Planning the Perfect Kid's Party

This is a guest post from Kimberley Watson. Kim is a proud mummy and wife herself, but when she gets chance, she’s also a keen writer, having graduated with an English degree. As a bit of a free spirit, she believes travel is the key to a happy life, and she’s going to make sure her kids see the world, too. On the off chance she’s not writing, with the family or off exploring, you can find her curled up with a good book or enjoying some delicious treats. Her 20-year-old-self would be kicking her for not saying ‘partying’, but sadly that’s just not true anymore! You can find her on twitter here

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Gosh, looking back at the parties we had when we were little, you can see the differences without having to think back too hard (for some of us, it’s a bit longer ago than others, so we’ll let you off!). But seriously, whilst the overall theme of parties has stayed the same – friends are invited, cake is eaten, games and music are played, party bags are handed out and then everybody goes home – there is now arguably far more pressure to have ‘the perfect day’. Luckily, if you’re the parent of a little one, you’ll hopefully not be seeing any behaviour reminiscent of America’s export of spoilt ‘Super Sweet Sixteen’ stars, but you will still mostly likely want to do your best by your child (and show up the other mummies in the playground. Ahem). The following advice shows you how to put a spin on a traditional celebration. No wild activities or expensive excursions, just some good, old fashioned fun. Here’s how it’s done:
Invites don’t need to be expensive, and if you’ve got a crafty child, then even better. This is probably only going to work if you’re having a small gathering, because making stuff by hand is super time-consuming, as you’ll know. If there are loads of children invited (think: everyone in the class), then you’ll be smart to have a think about what characters are currently popular and then check out the discount stores to see what they’ve got in packs. Alternatively, pick up some fancy paper and print your own – this works especially well if your handwriting is a bit rubbish and you actually want people to know the date, time and location! Just make sure these are handed out way in advance, and you’re all set. Nothing worse than realising you forgot to tell people what you’ve planned…
Now, on this one, you can really go to town. If you’re a creative soul, now is your chance to make banners, bunting and all kinds of other decorative things. If your party isn’t at your home, you’ll want to check first on what you can bring, or if stuff will be provided – some venues have to be very strict because of fire regulations. Assuming you can choose to decorate in ways that you wish, think again about the sorts of colours and themes your child and his or her classmates enjoy. It’s a tricky one, because although you might want to move away from oppressive gender norms, if it’s a party of little girls and they just really love pink, you’ll have to think about that, too. You can pick up some great, personalised feature balloons from Chuckle Monster, and you can even get some super-cute matching sets of cups, plates, confetti and so on and so forth from Ebay. 
Some games are just timeless. Pass the parcel will never get old, and so you should definitely invest in some cheap little gifts for this, as it’s one of the true times where it can be the taking part that counts – everyone gets involved! Next is the playlist. Some parties will work with a DJ, others can give the parents a chance to shine! Ensure the music is all suitable for kids, with some dance numbers mixed in. You know the ones. Don’t pretend you don’t remember the moves to Agadoo and YMCA, we’re onto you. If you want a little something extra, try a clown, a kid’s band, or a magician. Be wary with clowns – some kids have very real phobias, so you’ll need to proceed with caution. If you want a magician who can cater for the kids and the adults in attendance, Oliver B has got the magic in him to get everyone chattering for weeks to come!
When it comes to food, we all know kids can be picky, but never fear! There are tons of party platter type of foods in the frozen sections of most supermarkets these days, so there’ll be something for everyone. With favourites such as Sausage Rolls, Chicken Nuggets, Mini Pizzas and Mozzarella Sticks, you won’t go wrong. For a healthy option, you could serve some homemade pasta, salad or carrot sticks. And who can forget the cake?! Whether you’re making your own or buying in (wholesaler cakes from the likes of Costco are recommended) you can add a fantastic personal touch to the top with an edible cake topper. Kids are BOUND to think that’s pretty cool!

You know your child best, so you probably have a pretty good idea of what to buy them for their birthday! But what about what to get the other kids? Most parties have ‘Party Bags’ handed out at the end. Now, this may inspire fear into your heart when you’re dealing with big numbers, but you don’t need to be handing stuff out that resembles the goody bags at the MTV awards! A slice of cake, some sweeties from a multipack and some stickers or mini gadgets will do just fine. It really is the thought that counts – they just hate the idea of leaving empty handed! Some things never change.

1 comment

  1. What a FAB post. It's my Birthday in a couple of weeks so I have loved reading this - some great tips to take away with me xxx Ax


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