Kids' party ideas
We've wrapped up some ideas to make party planning a piece of cake.
Virtual party ideas
We know you can’t host a party at the mo, so here’s some ideas for celebrating whilst following guidelines and keeping everyone safe.
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 kids’ name and age
Date of party
Start and finish time
Address of venue
Whether you’d like parents to stay
Date for RSVP, with any allergies or dietary requirements
A fun design that matches your theme (if you have one) – think treasure map for a pirate party.
Hints and tips
- Send invites 3-4 weeks before the party with an RSVP date of 1-2 weeks out, to give you plenty of prep time.
- 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 invites to avoid making anyone feel left out.
- Cater for a couple of extras, just in case some kids turn up who've forgotten to RSVP.
- Be sure to get the mobile number of any parents who are leaving their kids with you.
Fun party themes
Fun and games
Host an "Olympics" for sports-crazy kids, with ball games, a tug of war and an obstacle course. Hold a Mad Hatter tea party (finish with a game of croquet), or have an all-out Nerf war.
Who needs the cinema when you can host a movie night at home? Pick a couple of films for the kids to choose from and get plenty of cushions and blankets on the floor to make it cosy and feel like they’re looking up at the big screen. And don’t forget those special cinema snacks – making them can be just as fun as eating them!
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.
Party decorations and extras
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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