Birthday parties are what childhood is all about! When you look back on your own childhood, chances are it’s these moments that stand out where your parents made things magical and memorable for you. Now that you have your own kids you probably want to make sure that birthdays are just as special for them, but if you’re stumped when it comes to parties, here are some things to think about.
Don’t get caught up with social media
Kids birthdays these days are often shown on social media, and are huge, expensive affairs. Don’t get caught up in this! You really dont have to spend a fortune, have everything perfectly matching and aesthetic and have professional caterers and bakers come in to make everything look perfect on camera. The truth is, kids don’t care about half of that stuff. When you stop trying to make it aestheric and go with a fun, gaudy theme based on something your child loves it will be much more memorable!
Go crazy with balloons
Forget the perfectly constructed balloon arches made with neutral and pastel colours that Instagram might have you believe are the way to go. Fill the room with bright and colourful balloons, you could even create a balloon avalanche to fall onto your child when they walk out of their bedroom in the morning. Blow up some simple party balloons from a party supplies shop or buy a tank of helium if you want them to float, either way, lots of balloons around will always be exciting for kids and make the day more memorable.
Play party games
Party games like pin the tail on the donkey, blinds mans buff, pass the parcel and a pinata are all perfect for kids to play on their birthday. You dont have to throw a huge birthday party with loads of guests to do these things, even a simple tea party at home with a few friends and family and you can make it work. Bag up some sweets to give out as prizes, and have lots of fun and laughs. These are the things that kids will remember in years to come, when the actual presents they receive have been long forgotten about.
Hire a bouncy castle
Finally, if your child has a birthday in the warmer months then hiring a bouncy castle can be a really easy way to keep them occupied. Have it set up in your garden and invite a few of their friends around. It’s such a novelty and chances are it will keep them busy for hours. Lay on a simple spread of sandwiches, crisps and cakes and you’ll have happy kids all round and a fun, memorable day that didnt cost the earth.
What were some of your most memorable birthdays as a child? What sorts of things do you do on youe child’s birthday to make it special?