5 TOP Tips in Planning a Children’s Birthday Party for The Creative and The Time Poor Mum!

It's true a Kids Birthday Party can be the most stressful yet fun and rewarding task for a parent to undertake! Here's a few top tips in making it a fun, affordable and stress-free experience for both the creative and the time poor mum!

Pick a Theme 

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There are heaps of Kids Birthday Party Themes to choose from, not least of which the latest craze – Frozen, Charlie & Lola, Dora the Explorer, SuperHeroes  and Curious George.

Or get creative with a Butterfly Theme with a paper butterfly garden hunt, or a ‘Sprinkles’ Party with sprinkle decorations for cookies and cupcakes, or a ‘Dudes and Dudettes Surfing Party’ held at the beach, or a ‘Crazy Scientist’ Party with real goo and mentos in coca cola explosions.

The Time Poor Mum

Don’t panic theme’s aren’t essential!  But if you want to adopt a simple theme  - a colour party is always easy – little girls tend to have pink princess dress up clothes perfect for a princess tea party or Angelina Ballerina theme. Boys love a sports party and usually have the kit ready to go from their school or weekend sports team.

Prepare the invitations

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Dig out the arts and crafts kit, get the kids together and let loose in creating your own handmade invitations.  Go wild with ribbons, glitter, sequins,  buttons, and neon pens.

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Online is the way forward for Time Poor mum’s! Create beautiful, personalized and professional looking invitations and have them delivered next day with www.zazzle.com.au. Or create visually stunning e-invites on www.paperlesspost.com and email them straight to the parents inbox!

Arrange Activities and Entertainment

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Fill buckets with crayons, stamps, pencils and stickers to decorate scrapbooks, pebbles, shells and pinecones. Grab a selection of odd-socks and buttons and help create sock-puppets for a puppet show. Decorate Cupcakes with pre-prepared coloured icing, candy melts, chocolate pieces and candy. Chop up pizza toppings and create a pizza making station. Keep the cost down by using pita bases. Sit back and smile as they devour the fruits of their labour!

The Time Poor Mum

Let an experienced activity provider look after the entertainment for you! Hire a Fun PartyBus and host, and cruise around local hotspots and landmarks. Jump out for great photo shots and keepsakes! Or hire a karaoke room and watch on in amazement as the kids sing away to the latest Disney and chart topping tracks. Or allow a professional dance instructor to teach the budding tiny dancers a fun and easy dance routine. Great exercise and heaps of fun! 

Organise The Birthday Cake! 

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Grab a recipe from an online store such as http://www.taste.com.au and put your creative skills to the test in making your own home baked Birthday Cake.  Bring the birthday boy/girl in to join in on the fun and pop on the last few decorations.  Pull it off and you’ll be the talk of the playground for months to come!

The Time Poor Mum

Cupcakes are always a sure fire winner! Easy to serve out quickly for those needing instant gratification! Plus there are great designs and flavours to choose from. We LOVE Sparkle Cupcakes for the ease of online ordering. Choose your flavors and design and have them delivered right to your door! http://www.ecater.com.au/SparkleCupcakery. 

Prep the Goody Bags

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Make the goody bags part of the entertainment and bring white or brown eco-friendly paper bags, crayons, glitter, sequins, glue and ribbon and allow the kids to decorate and pick and choose candy’s and treats for their goody bags.

Get hands on with the kids and create tie-die T-shirts that will long out-last the party. Pre-prepare glitter play-doh, pop in personalized mini tubs for take-home keepsakes.

The Time Poor Mum 

Donate to a charity of the birthday girl/boys choice in lieu of goody bags. Give each child a balloon with a note attached explaining the donation and thanks them for coming. Sends a strong positive message about selfless giving.

$5 Amazon or itunes giftcards are also easy and work well!

This one’s perhaps more suitable for girls but consider buying a beautiful bunch of fresh flowers and grab some bobby pins to pin in the girls hair as a pretty keepsake and alternative to sweets and candy.

Do You Know?

As a rule of thumb, invite as many kids to a party as the birthday child's age.

Have a great celebration and don't forget to have fun!

And of course if you need any help in organising a super fun and stress-free kids birthday party you know where to find us!

Over and Out,

 

Aimee

Events Extraordinaire

aimee@ozpartyevents.com

(02) 9517 1777