I celebrated my birthday just over a week ago and had a giggle to myself when one of Albie’s school friend’s excitedly asked me “what party are you having?”. For children attending a kids birthday party is the highlight of their social calendar and it’s no surprise since there can be up to 30 a year!! I may not have had a birthday party but I did have a Llama birthday cake which my Beans were all very excited about.
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Having four children means that we have hosted and attended our fair share of kids birthday parties so we have seen what has worked and what hasn’t.
2-5 years – our most successful parties at this age were the village hall with traditional party games but not everyone feels comfortable entertaining children themselves so soft play parties were perfect for this age group. Look around at local garden centres and smaller play areas or a playbus where the capacity will only hold your party. This makes things slightly less chaotic and stressful.
6-9 years – during this time we have enjoyed crafts parties, sports parties such as football, rollerskating, swimming and tobogganing parties. We have also organised pony riding parties which were a huge hit.
10-13 years – as the children get older you can make things a little more adventurous. My children have loved ski parties, climbing walls and camping parties.
What the bloggers say:
Hire an entertainer! It takes the pressure off you so you can just sit back and enjoy it while they do the hard work! – Laura at FiveLittleDoves
Go to a play area, build a bear, local cinema or somewhere that does a package. It will be far less stressful and you’ll get to enjoy it as well as the kids! – Jade at MummiesWaiting
Try and join up with another child, Last year my youngest and his best friend (thankfully only days between them) had a joint birthday party. We split costs down the middle but was able to split all the things that needed doing too! So we both took care of different things, it meant we were not getting stressed with the lists of all the things that needed doing. – Jaymee at TheMumDiaries
Our most successful party was a Wacky Warehouse – turn up, kids play, eat food & go home. So easy no tidying up – Emma at TheCheshireWife
We always do a village hall. Hire a bouncy castle, make loads of food and have some old fashioned party games and everyone is happy – Louise at PinkPearBear
Portion out party food into colourful boxes instead of laying it out buffet style. You will save on money and waste and the children love it – Natasha at MummyandMoose
Party bags are usually filled with cheap plastic toys that break or are chucked out soon after. You can get great deals on books which make a more long-lasting party bag favour alternative – Clare at RedKiteDays
A successful party doesn’t have to be a huge-invite-the-whole-class type party. We did one for my 6-year old involving mosaic kits from our local craft shop with ten kids in total at our house. There is a lot of pressure to hire halls and book huge parties. Small and friendly is fine too – Jodie at MaidenHeadMum
Try not to feel pressured by other people’s birthday parties. Also, I used to think I was saving money by having it at my home and actually I spent more than it would’ve cost me at Wacky Warehouse – Sophie at YorkshireFamilies