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Fun Ideas for Children’s Birthday Parties

It can be a challenge for parents planning their child’s birthday party to decide what to do to ensure an enjoyable event for all guests.

There is pressure on parents who compete against each other in providing an unusual party experience for their children.

The important thing to remember when planning a birthday party is that the most important factor is that the children have a great time.  The most successful parties are those which adhere to the principles of the classic children’s birthday party.

The most popular type of event over the last 40 years is where the children arrive at the venue, and are treated to a magic show or some special entertainment, have their tea, and then partake in various games and competitions for the remainder of the party. They are then presented with a little goodie bag, or piece of birthday cake to take home.

A new spin can be applied to this format by introducing theme parties – like a fancy dress party, but with the focus  narrowed to a particular subject matter.  A Super Heroes theme would feature comic book and TV heroes that the children are fascinated with. They dress as their favourite characters, the birthday cake would reflect the super hero theme and, if you have hired an entertainer, they would adapt their show accordingly.

Another great idea is a face painting party. Children love to have their faces painted. This is something that you could do yourself, although it would save you time if you hired a professional face painter for the occasion. This can make for a good outdoor activity when the weather is favourable, and protects your furniture!

Whatever type of party you organise, remember, children have a much shorter attention span than adults, and their perception of time is also quite different, so don’t be tempted to make the party too long. No more than 2.5 hours should be allocated for the party. For example, If you are planning on starting at 3.00 pm, make sure you let all the parents know to collect their children at 5.30pm.

For more great ideas on how to make your child’s birthday party the talk of the school playground, call me at 01582 794935, or on my mobile at 07961 817834 and I will be happy to help.

Food ideas for Birthday Parties

Food ideas for Birthday Parties

When planning a birthday party, one of the most important things to consider is what you are going to feed the guests. There are three options available when planning this. You can either buy in the food and prepare it yourself, hire an outside caterer, or order fast-food such as McDonalds, KFC or Pizza Hut etc.

One of the things to take into account when deciding what to provide is that some children may have specific dietary needs or allergies. It is easier to deal with this issue if you are preparing the food yourself, thereby giving you control over the ingredients.  ID-100189312

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Keeping it simple is the best advice to follow. Remember it is a children’s birthday party, so you are not aiming for a gourmet dining experience. The classic party fare consists of a few sandwiches, crisps, fizzy drink and cake. You can easily add variety to the menu by including some pre-cooked cocktail sausages, along with some savory snacks. If you make up some jelly and have ice cream and fruit available, you will be able to offer a choice of desserts.

Much of the work, as far as the food is concerned, can be prepared in advance. You can also prepare individual food boxes for each child. This can be a great idea if you know that some children cannot eat certain foods. When preparing special boxes for those with dietary needs, remember to label the boxes with the names of the children who will receive them. If you are not able to find cardboard snack boxes, you can use paper plates and cover each plate with cling-film after you have apportioned the food.

Remember that the birthday cake is an important part of the food experience. Light the candles on the cake either at the beginning of the tea or towards the end, and lead the children into singing “Happy Birthday” to the birthday child. The ideal time for this would be at the start of the tea, since this will provide you with plenty of time to cut up the cake while the children are enjoying their food.

Feel free to add any ideas in the comments section below, and if I can be of further help, please call me at 01582 794935, or on my mobile at 07961 817834.

Medieval Theme Parties for Children

Children are fascinated with stories and folklore from the middle ages. Tales of knights venturing forth on quests to rescue young maidens imprisoned in towers guarded by fierce dragons, capture and stimulate their imagination.

First impressions may be that this would be an expensive party to organise, but that is not the case.  All the costumes and set pieces can be assembled from bits of cardboard and scrap material.

The costumes can be made up beforehand so that the guests arrive at the party in character. However, it can also be a lot of fun to make the outfits in a craft session at the beginning of the party. If you decide to go this route, it would be a good idea to ask the guests to bring some cardboard and scrap materials. (You may find it a little overwhelming to have to find sufficient cardboard and material for a large group of children).

Making the costumes is quite easy. The head dress for the girls costumes consists of a piece of cardboard that has been twisted into the shape of a cone with some coloured material adhered to it to form a train coming from the top of the cone. The rest of their outfit can be made from an old bed sheet, to simulate a long flowing gown. This is draped around the child and stapled here and there to hold its shape.

The outfits for the boys can be made from liberal use of cardboard and tinfoil, with some long oblong shape pieces of cloth to form capes.

Instead of sending out cards inviting guests to the party, why not go one step further and make scrolls. Simply write the invitation onto A5 sheets of paper, then roll them up and secure with a small piece of ribbon. The wording of the invitations can be in the style of Olde English, in keeping with the theme.

Name badges are always a great idea for children’s parties, and a sticky label will do the job. In keeping with the theme, you can add a nice little touch by giving each child a title, for example “John the Brave”, “Sir Robert”, Lady Catherine” etc., The children can have a lot of fun introducing themselves to each other with their titles!

When planning the games, a little lateral thinking will help you to succeed. Many standard party games can be adapted to fit into a medieval theme. For example, pin the tail on the donkey becomes pin the tail on the dragon, and musical statues can be played using some music in keeping with the period.

With a little thought and preparation, a medieval party theme can make your child’s birthday party not only extremely enjoyable, but something the children will talk about for weeks afterwards.

Feel free to leave any comments, and if I can be of further help please call me at 01582 794935, or on my mobile at 07961 817834.