I am absolutely passionate about making this day special and memorable for my children every year! I would spend days planning and making sure I have covered everything from the birthday breakfast to the last little gift under their pillow before bedtime.
I used to love hosting children’s birthday parties at home and having fun themes to excite the birthday child and all the friends. I’ve held so many birthday parties over the years and loved every single one. I even started making teepees with matching mattresses and pillows for slumber parties.
Make no mistake here as I am not talking about those out of this world parties that have been put together by a professional event planner with a massive budget. I am talking about children’s birthday parties planned and executed by you, from your heart.
The most important thing to keep in mind when you are planning children’s birthday parties at home, is that the birthday boy or girl has a fun time and will feel special.
You can throw a fantastic children’s birthday party at home with:
- Simple party games for children that you can do in your garden or living room or even in your garage should it rain. Old fashioned games like musical chairs or follow the leader is always fun.
- You can help the children to blow bubbles or blow the bubbles yourself. Children usually have the most amazing time chasing the bubbles, trying to catch or blow them out.
- Young children tend to love bugs. You can design the most amazing invites by cutting oval shapes out of decorative coloured paper and glueing it onto the card. Draw head, antennae, and legs with a coloured pen to create a bug and then as a party activity show the children how to make bug fridge magnets by glueing pom-poms, coloured cut-outs and google eyes on craft sticks.
- Messy party themes usually are the most fun. If you have help you can have different tables with colourful and edible play dough, body paint for messy painting or cupcake decorating. Children can enjoy being messy and creative at the same time. Make sure you let parents know beforehand to pack old clothes or old swimming costumes.
- Always have yummy and simple snacks. Children’s birthday parties should have an awesome birthday cake, little sandwiches you cut out with a cookie cutter, little sausages, old fashioned jelly wedges and always have fresh fruit like berries and peeled naartjies.
- Party packs is such a waste of money (in my opinion). I used to give each child a helium filled balloon to take home and it was always a huge hit. If you feel the need to have party packs why not have little something they will actually treasure rather than sweets?
Children’s birthday parties should be centered around the games that the children are going to play and the crafts they are going to create.
The party should not be too long, especially for little ones. Rather have a shorter party packed with fun activities and then wrap it up while everyone is still having a good time. The last thing you want is a bunch of bored and whiney children. A good general guideline is 90 minutes or less for pre-schoolers, and 2 hours long for kids in primary school.
For every parent, their child’s birthday is a special occasion. The memory of children’s birthday parties should bring a big smile to you and your child’s face and create lasting memories.