Bubblegum Balloons, the UK’s leading balloon and party pieces supplier, tell us how to throw the ultimate kids’ party, without loosing your cool.
Organising a celebration for your little one’s birthday may seem a daunting task, especially if you’re new to the kids’ party scene. Fear not! Here are some easy tips and advice on putting together a fantastic party that they’ll never forget.
1). Choose a theme
Choosing a theme can help you plan the day, invitations, decorations and party games. It also means that party guests have the opportunity to dress up, which is always fun! Whether it’s a Princess, Pirate, Star Wars, Frozen, or Super Heroes themed affair, there are plenty of wonderful decorations and party game ideas available on the Internet, so get googling!
2). Find the venue
If you have the space then hosting a party at home is a cheaper alternative to hiring a venue, but bear in mind that you may have a lot of clearing up to do afterwards. If being at home isn’t an option, there are many choices of party venue out there, including soft play centres (that’s the entertainment sorted!), village halls, community centres, or even the park if the party is in spring or summer. The best advice is to start looking early as lots of venues do tend to get booked up.
3). Send out invitations
It’s wise to do this at least four weeks before the party to prevent the birthday boy or girl from being disappointed if their favourite chum can’t make it. If you’re having a theme then match the invitations to this, or go all out and invite them by sending inflated bespoke balloons, or balloon cards.
This really depends on how happy you are to get stuck-in and organise a group of excitable party guests. If you are planning on being in charge of the party games, then it’s a good idea to have a schedule of ones to play and another adult (or two!) to help organise. You can’t go wrong with the old favourites like musical chairs, pass the parcel, and pin the tail on the donkey, all of which can be matched to your party theme. A piñata is also a great idea that will keep the kids entertained. If you’re concerned about all that sugar, then mix it up by adding some small toys, stickers, or stationery like rubbers and colouring pencils.
If organising party games isn’t your thing, there are plenty of amazing entertainers out there that will keep the children occupied while you sort the food, fill party bags, and take lots of pictures.
5). Food and drink
Let’s face it; a kid’s party is not the time to be overly concerned with their sugar intake – cake is a staple of a good birthday after all! This isn’t to say you have to go mad, and kids love small bite sized options like cherry tomatoes, carrot and cucumber sticks, especially with houmous. Sugar-free squash is a good alternative to fizzy drinks, and fruit kebabs add colour to the table.
Cover the table with a wipe-clean cloth, again you can match this to your theme, and attach helium balloons to chairs for a perfect ‘party tea’ effect. Helium number balloons or lettering spelling out ‘Happy Birthday’ to mark the age of the birthday boy or girl look great in photos.
6). Party bags
Party bags are a prerequisite of any kids’ party. All the leading supermarkets sell multi packs of little items that can be used to fill party bags. Sending the birthday cake home in the bag is also a good idea, especially if they’ve gorged themselves on cupcakes during teatime. Buying some multi packs of balloons, perhaps themed to the party, and putting these in is also a good shout. Kids never get bored of balloons!
Phew! Now’s that’s all over, you can put your feet up (well, at least until the next one).
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