Kids Birthday Party Ideas - isn't it great to see them delighted?
We've had some great kids birthday party ideas at our house. The most memorable were probably the cheapest! My kids say it's who is there that's more important to them.
So plan ahead, announce it in plenty of time so every-one can come. If you're a working mum like me, you want most the most fun/least hassle theory.
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Home or Away? Home's undeniably cheaper, but probably most stressful!
There's something to be be said for the 'laser quest', bowling and swimming parties, in that you return to a clean home. Read more about kids birthday party locations...>>>
In our experience some of the best kids birthday party ideas have always been at home, the extra effort has been worth it.
It's fun to base the party round a theme, which is often quite easy to do, favourite children's character or sport.
Posh Party Box provide a one stop shop for party planning. Their unique party boxes come in a wide variety of themes. The party box contains everything you need for a party. For example the Safari Party Box includes invitations, thank you cards, party hats, party horns, animal blowouts, table ware, Multi-color balloons, safari animal puppets on a stick, monkey birthday garland.
Decorations can reflect the theme, you can find some good discount party supplies at all the supermarkets. It doesn't need to be expensive, a few banners and lots of balloons. My kids love to play with the balloons after the party, they usually provide at least several days of fun afterwards
My son Fraser's 10th birthday party was great fun. Despite it being December we managed to have most of it outside. Apple bobbing (not my idea but theirs!)was a huge hit. I set up a table, bowl of water, bags of apples and lots of towels. The hilarity they had at watching each other getting soaked!! That was followed by a (very loud!) game of football, and a complaint from the next door neighbour (whoops!). I then fed them with hot dogs.
As he gets older
birthday party ideas for boys
gets a litle tougher. However a recent paintball party was a resounding success.
Party bags, don't you just hate them? But kids do expect them and I hate to disapoint. But at least they can work for them....I hid lots of penny sweets and chocolate coins in the garden, gave them an empty bag each and sent them out searching. It took a good twenty minutes to find them all and they had a good time doing it. Kids birthday party ideas need not be expensive.
Another idea I had was a salon party (and this one wasn't at home), I asked the owner of the beauty salon I used to go to whether she'd put something together for Abbie and a few of her friends. Jan did a great job, when we got there she'd decorated the salon with balloons, the girls all had their nails and make up done and Jan gave them all a small party gift of nail varnish. All for £10 each. We then went for a hot chocolate (proper one with marshmallows and cream)
Birthday party games are enjoyed less as they get older, however younger children need more organising. Sleeping lions was always one of their (and my)favourites. Ask them all to lie on the floor and stay perfectly still and quiet. The winner is the last one to move or make a noise, how great is that!!
I've put together some of our favourite children's birthday party games for you
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kids indoor party games...>>
The food doesn't need to be fancy, they won't notice! Sandwiches crips, mini sausages and cheese on sticks are always winners. I once sent hubby out for 15 Macdonalds kids meals. This is a great kids birthday party idea if you have one near by. I laid a large disposable table cloth on the floor and they all sat on it to eat. The free kids toy and a slice of cake went into their bag! Afterwards I wrapped everything up with the sheet and it went in the bin.
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No happy birthday is complete without a birthday cake, mine are always
home-made birthday cakes for kids.
Well...to be honest(!)...if I don't have the time to make one from scratch then I decorate a plain shop bought one. Or for something different you could try an ice-cream cake. No cake is complete without candles, have you seen the sparklers and mini flame throwers available in the shops now? They certainly make the party go with a bang! Again I've built a separate page for
kids birthday cakes.
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