Planning the Perfect Birthday Party – Part I

Planning your child’s birthday party can be quite a feat! From invitations to venue, decorations, food and entertainment to return gifting, your to-do list only grows longer and longer. And though it is the most exciting time of the year for your little one, it can get a little stressful for parents. After all, every parent wants to throw their child the best party they can. That’s where we come in. We’ve got some fantastic ideas on how to plan a unique and perfect party for your little one.

Fun with themes: Everyone loves a good theme party. But the trick lies in choosing the ‘right theme’. To choose the right theme, keep in mind your child’s favourite things, be it superheroes, dolls, cars, animals or sports. It could even be based on something simple like a favourite colour or flower.
If your child is interested in sports, you can turn your garden into a football field or cricket pitch. If your little doll loves Princesses, give your home a royal touch with flowing drapes, and other easy-to-make props. Complete the theme with matching plates, cups, napkins and other party items.For a fun touch, blow up balloons with your child’s initial or age written on them.

Stick to a simple theme

Everyone’s invited: A great invitation sets the mood for the party.Make your own creative invitations. Write a little rhyme describing the party theme, or decorate the invitation based on the theme. For example, if you have a circus-themed party, you can make your invitations in the form of a circus ticket that says ‘Admit One’. You can even have a clown stand at the door and collect tickets as the kids walk in.

Dressed for fun: If youchoose atheme, let the children dress according to it. Remember to keep it simple and practical, so that parents don’t have to spend too much time and effort dressing up their little ones. For a sports theme, children can dress like their favourite sports player. For a royal theme, let them come as little princes and princesses. Give out hand-made crowns and tiaras at the party. Give prizes to the best-dressed boy and girl.

Food frenzy: Food should always be easy-to-eat, easy-to-serve and finger-licking good! Instead of having to serve food to the children individually, set up a buffet station with different counters. Let the kids serve themselves and make sure that the tables are at the right height. Foods that are a hit with children are: nuggets, fries, rolls, sandwiches, kababs, samosas, cut veggies with dip, baby idlis, mini pizzas or cheese balls. Cake is a must-have at any party. But here’s something different – set up a sweet counter with assorted chocolates and sweets. Give each child a small bag and let them fill up as many sweets as they like, to take back home.

Make your own props

A dessert with a theme

Wall art: Cover a small portion of your wall with chart paper and give the kids some sketch pens. Ask them to draw/write birthday messages for the birthday boy or girl. You can always laminate the paper later on and gift it to your child.

Step it up: It’s okay to go a little overboard. If you can, hire an entertainer to perform tricks and play games with the kids. Tattoo artists, magicians and musicians are common features at birthday parties.

Phew! We’re tired already. Birthday planning isn’t easy. And we’ve still got the most important parts coming up. So stay tuned for PART II of this blog for some great ideas on ‘BIRTHDAY GAMES’ and ‘RETURN GIFTING’. Until then, Happy Planning!

Ask an artistic friend to help with games


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