Happy Birthday!

Planning your child’s birthday party is not just about putting a cake on the table and blowing up some balloons, it a whole lot of work. Not only do you have to take care of a whole gang of kids, you have to keep them entertained, feed them and well, make sure that everyone is having fun, especially the birthday boy or girl. So we have created a checklist to make sure that the next birthday you plan is as easy and relaxed as possible:

1. The invitations
One week before the big party you should send out the invitations so that the little guests can organize their playdates, a present etc.
It is a good idea to send the invitations via post, so that they don‘t get lost at the kindergarten or in school bags. The Royal Mail in Great Britain just designed pretty stamps with Six of Roald Dahl’s most popular children’s stories – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Twits and The Witches. We love the idea of having cute stamps on this special delivery and in many countries you can even put your own picture on a stamp. How cool is that!?

2. Food and drinks
This is something you should think of weeks before. Are there any guests with food allergies? What is the favourite food of the moment with this age group?
You should get enough water and some juices. A bigger selection is not necessary and also the food shouldn’t be too fancy. The party attendees will want to play and most of them won’t be interested in eating for hours. So we recommend finger food like sausages, mini pizzas, meatballs, fresh fruits and maybe some cookies. If you’re planning to have a small dinner at the end of the party, pizza or lasagne is always a good thing for a big group and more importantly you can prepare it in the morning and everyone will love it.

3. Playtime
Doing handicrafts is always perfect for a birthday. Every guest can create their own mask. Maybe you will have a birthday theme like animals in the zoo or pirate adventures. So you can build every game around this theme. Just make sure you have enough materials like glue, scissors and colourfull paper. Don’t forget to add traditional party games like pin the tail on the donkey, hide and seek and perhaps even a treasure hunt to your activities list too. Or how about getting the kids to make their very own kaleidoscope? We just found an easy step-by-step introduction on http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/activities/funscience/be-dazzled/
The guests will love to take it home after the party!

4. Security
Make sure that expensive and fragile stuff is hidden. Alcohol, medication and other dangerous things should be put away.

5. Goodbye my friends!
This last point is very important – the birthday boy or girl will get a lot of presents on their big day, so the little guests should get a gift too. They will go home as happy as can be and will love counting down to your child’s next birthday party. But what to do you give your guests that is fun and affordable, oh and does not involve candy? Don’t worry we have made a small selection of fun presents that we found on spoonsisters.com

We hope you, your child and your guests will have an awesome day!