11.4.15

Planning a Children’s Birthday Party

I love being organised but it can be hard to know where to start when planning an event such as a children’s birthday party; so I thought I would share my tips. I love browsing Pinterest for ideas and inspiration too.


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Theme
Whether it’s your child’s favourite TV character or book – it’s a good starting point so you can then pick the decorations; banners, balloons, tableware and of course - the cake!

Guests
It’s a good idea to make a list of everyone you plan to invite; both adults and children so you can get an idea of numbers for the catering as well as ensuring there’s enough space.

Location
You could hire your local community centre/hall, soft play centre or even just have it at home. We plan to hold Sophie’s 2nd Birthday party at our house as there’s plenty of birthday’s in the future where we can hire somewhere to celebrate and she will be able to appreciate it more.

Image from Etsy
Invitations
I ordered both Sophie’s Christening and 1st Birthday invitations from Optimal Print which were good but there’s a limited choice to choose from. You could also look on Etsy or even make your own if you fancy being creative. Be sure to include the location (and postcode), date, time and who to RSVP to.

Food & Drink
You might want to check with your guests that no one has any food allergies beforehand. If you’re looking for ideas; finger foods on a buffet is a good option e.g. sandwiches, breadsticks, sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, houmous, crisps, raisins and pizza.

Games & Entertainment
Depending on the age range of the children attending will obviously depend on the games you may choose to play. I’m not sure pass the parcel or musical statues will work with 2 year olds haha. You could also look at hiring a children’s entertainer (a magician, clown etc.) or a bouncy castle but obviously it depends on the time of year and the party location.

Party Favours
Finally, it’s nice to give your guests a little thank you for their gift and for attending the party. Whether you give them a goody bag with a few bits in; bubbles, jewellery, colouring book, crayons, small packet of raisins or sweets and not forgetting some birthday cake! For Sophie’s party I'm planning on a sweet/candy bar so people can help themselves at the end. 
Image from Pinterest
I love this idea which I found on Pinterest for a Curious George themed party. You could adapt this too, so for example; a zoo theme you could buy different animals (giraffe, monkey, elephant) for the children to adopt or for a Disney themed party you could adopt different Disney characters etc. 

That’s it! I hope this post helps your party planning! Please let me know if you have any other tips if I've missed them out.
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5 comments

  1. I love party planning! There's so many things to think of isn't there? the monkey favours are such a nice idea x

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    1. Definitely! I love watching all of my plans come together. I thought the monkey thing was really clever haha x

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  2. I love party planning even though it can be really stressful!
    The idea of the monkeys is fantastic!! Wish I'd thought of that! There is always next year

    Beth
    www.life-as-mum.co.uk

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    1. Me too! I end up making so many lists of everything I need to buy and do in preparation haha. Yep that's true! Pinterest has loads of great ideas x

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  3. This planner was the perfect fit for me. I had no idea where to start with event planning, and she patiently sat down with me going over the painstaking details of table cloth, chairs, plates, silverware and everything in-between by setting them up so that I can see the picture in whole.

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