Birthday party ideas
Surprise! You're invited to throw the best birthday party ever. We've wrapped up some ideas to make party planning a piece of cake, from hosting a first birthday to a whole classful of kids.
Perfect party planning
First things first
Decide on how many guests, whether you're hosting at home or a venue, and choose a great theme. Pick up a party pack so you can organise plates, cups, party bags and fun decorations all in one go.
Party invite checklist
- Your child's name and age
- Date of party
- Start and finish time
- Address (home/venue) and map
- Telephone number
- Theme/dress code
- Whether you would like parents to stay
- Date for RSVP, with any allergies or dietary requirements
- And a fun design! Think treasure map for a pirate party, or start off a Star Wars invite with "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..."
Hints and tips
- Send invites 3-4 weeks before the party with an RSVP date of 1-2 weeks out, giving you plenty of time to prepare.
- If you're using a public venue, either invite parents to help out, or let them know how many adults there'll be per child.
- Inviting the whole class might not be an option - post or email invitations to avoid making anyone feel left out.
- It's always a good idea to cater for an extra one or two, just in case some kids turn up who've forgotten to say they're coming.
- Be sure to get the mobile number of any parents who are leaving their kids with you.
Fun and games
Plan plenty of games and activities to help the party go with a swing. Throw in a few old favourites, like musical statues, to get them burning off energy. Sleeping lions is a great choice for when you want things to quieten down.Traditional games can be adapted to fit a party theme, like pin the patch on the pirate or pin the crown on the princess.
Got grown-up guests?
Extra adults can assist with games and activities, keep an eye on little guests and help with any spillages or other little accidents. A simple finger-food buffet for adults makes life easy on the day, with a glass of wine or cup of tea to accompany.
Piece of cake
It's the moment everyone's been waiting for. If you're looking to really wow, why not have a go at making the birthday cake yourself? Grab a tin, browse kitchen gadgets and get sound advice at the Go Get Baking page. Just add candles, wishes and some off-key singing.
Send kids home happy with a loot bag full of goodies. Lots of our party packs include party bags which are perfect for making sure they match your theme. Check the product information to see what you're getting with each pack.
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