The summer holidays are finally over, and schools are back! Life once again settles into a comfortable routine for many of us, as the chaotic madness of summer fun fades into a distant memory.
As the schools return however, you may find a flurry of birthday party invites building up in your child’s school bag from friends who had a birthday in the summer holidays and those who have birthdays over the next term.
So what will be the new party craze this year? Inflatable assault courses? Trampolining? Indoor skydiving? We’ve certainly had a few fads over the years that I’m sure many parents will be glad to see the back of! If you’re dreading planning your child’s next celebration don’t despair. If you’d prefer a low-key affair and would like to keep a low budget with minimal fuss, then why not suggest a home party.
The traditional home party is having a resurgence, so why not break the mould and get ahead of the game. If the very idea fills you with dread, then read on for practical ideas, party games, party bags and the all-important cake!
It’s all in the planning
Making a plan with timings may sound over the top but it’s definitely all in the planning. Having a schedule to work to will ensure everything goes to plan and nothing gets forgotten. Include, the names of the children who are coming (vital for party bags), arrival time, timings for party games, the party games to be played and what’s needed, food plan and time, final game time and departure time.
Make sure when your guests arrive that your child is there to meet and greet them. They will probably bring a present which you can either take for them to open later or leave them to open then and there with their friend. Do be careful with this approach though, if everyone arrives at once a frenzied present opening session could ensue resulting in broken toys and squabbles unless it is supervised by you or another adult.
It’s time to party!
A children’s party at home just wouldn’t be complete without some good old-fashioned games. From pin the tail on the donkey to pass the parcel, from musical statues to the chocolate game there are so many to choose from, all of which you can tailor to suit your guests age range. Plan each one and allow enough time for them to take place. It’s better to have too many arranged and cut them short than have your little guests sat around twiddling their thumbs. Visit netmums for more inspiration – https://www.netmums.com/activities/25-childrens-party-games
Of course, no party, however old you are, is complete without a good spread. Make sure you include all the traditional favourites like, sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, cucumber and carrot batons, crisps of all varieties and flavours. Sandwiches with the crusts cut off of course and don’t forget a variety of cheeses and grapes. Sweeter tooth’s will enjoy biscuits, crispy cakes, cupcakes and of course ice-cream and jelly. If you need some ideas, the BBC Good Food website has a great range of recipe’s ranging from cheese straws to Quesadilla’s! Visit their website: https://www.bbc.com/food/collections/kids_party_recipes
The Main Event – Cake!
The birthday cake is absolutely the pièce de résistance! It doesn’t matter if you bake your own, have one made for you or buy one from the shops, everyone loves a piece of birthday cake. Nowadays cakes come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, flavours and colours. You can even get printed images of your child to decorate your cake with! Want to know how? Then visit the Cakeshop for more information. One last thing – don’t forget the candles!
One last game
If you haven’t overrun on your timings you may be able to fit in one last game before everyone leaves. A gentle game after the birthday tea is a good idea especially if you can get them outside in the fresh air to burn off any energy excesses. A treasure hunt or just a simple game of Simon Says could be the perfect way to end the party.
When the parents arrive to collect their off spring make sure you have their party bags labelled up and ready to go with a slice of cake on hand for the parent. Once the final guest has left its time to pour yourself a restoring glass of wine!