It’s all about themes this season, from subtle colour schemes running throughout a bedroom to an entire jungle scene re-enacted through room decor. So it seems only fitting that the celebration of becoming another year older sticks with tradition and goes all out; with a perfectly themed party.
Throwing a themed party is the easiest way to make sure your house looks the part, and with so many things to consider before your child’s big day, it takes difficult decision making completely out of the picture. For absolute beginners and competent party planners alike, here are our top tips, tricks and party ideas to make sure your child’s day is a roaring success.
- Become a party planner – choose a theme. The earlier this is decided, the easier the party planning will become. Choosing a theme is an essential step for sorting out decorations, invites, games, food, entertainment and children’s party bags, so make sure they know what they want! Think pirates, superheroes, fairies, princesses, knights...
- Who? What? When? Where? How? It’s time to start considering party specifics; will you be transforming your own home into a castle, complete with lockable tower, knights and dragons? Will the entire school be attending? It’s a good idea to sit down with your child and get a grasp of numbers early. Consider the average age of children as well, the younger they are, the shorter the party can be. Make sure you only invite as many children as you can handle, whilst bearing in mind that with younger children, many parents are likely to stay. Or, why not halve the effort by sharing birthday celebrations with a friend? You could even have the same theme... knights and princesses galore...
- Help with spelling. Once you’ve decided on specifics, you can help your little one painstakingly write out invitations, as we’re sure they will insist on doing! Most themed party kits will come with invitations too, just fill in the blanks and away you go. One less thing to worry about.
- Re-design the space. From bunting to centre pieces, themed parties will have an abundance of decorations available for every possible bare corner. Sticking with one specific type of decoration means you won’t have to run all over town collecting various elements of approved party ware.
- Theme-ify the food. The choice of party food available is endless. Personalise this by integrating your child’s theme into their party food. From cups, plates and napkins to cake decorations and party cupcake kits, making party food fairy food is simple, and you won’t have to spend hours trawling the internet for special food recipes either.
- Game show host. Attendees will probably be expecting some party games or activities, and this is where the theme can really become the life of the party. Again, any game can become theme orientated; go simple and traditional with pass the parcel and add in themed presents, paper and music, or a scavenger hunt with theme related clues and prizes. The structure of games always depends on the average age of the children; if they are younger, they will need a little more direction with their games whilst older kids will tend to do their own thing.
- Organise the goodbyes. Complete your child’s day with party bags (themed, of course!) and a nice slice of cake. Give away any balloons/decorations as gifts, that way, you’ll have less to clean up and kids will leave with a party token.
Kid’s parties don’t have to be a stressful, time consuming chore and thankfully, the younger they are, the less aware that things haven’t gone strictly to plan! It’s important to remember that as long as there is enough food; kids tend to get carried away with the thought of perpetual play and are very good at entertaining themselves, particularly in such social situations. So, grab a pack of pirate party hats and a couple of cupcake kits and you’re good to go!