My son’s birthday is coming up. It always seems to creep up on me, after getting back to school and getting back into the groove. Then all of a sudden it’s upon me and I get frantic trying to organise everything.
But I’m lucky I have my go to list for parties which makes it a bit easier, and I thought I’d share it with you.
It all starts with the theme. Even if it’s a really simple theme like a colour. But having some type of theme to base everything else on really does make the rest of the planning easier.
Next is the cake. I figure the following are your best options having your theme in mind:
- Purchase the cake – Easy!
- Make a slab cake and purchase a cake topper or edible decal – Reasonably easy
- Hire a tin, make cake and ice - Moderate
- Round tall cake to ice and decorate as you like. Use cake toppers, lollies or figurines (Kmart has ALL of these things) – This is probably your hardest option but still very do-able!
A backdrop really pulls the party theme all together and creates one focal point for the party. It can be as simple or as complicated as you like. These are some great options:
- Printed – Purchase from Etsy and print at a local printer
- Sheet of material – Purchase a piece of shiny, sparkly or printed piece of material
- Honeycomb Garland Drop – Purchase a couple of the paper honeycomb party pack’s from Kmart and droop, scoop and hang all the pieces to create a really cool backdrop
- Streamer Backdrop – Grab packets of streamers or cut lengths of plastic table cloths from Red Dot and tape lengths to a wall or window.
To make the party table or party space a bit more festive, a few well-placed decorations can add that party pop that pulls it all together. Try some of the following:
- Photo frames with pictures of the birthday boy/girl, of the invitation or characters from the theme you’ve chosen
- Tablecloths – A standard white or black tablecloth is a must in your cupboard. Bed Bath N Table have a variety of sizes and are great quality to last you over the many years of kids birthday parties!
- Spray painted jars with flowers, sticks, balloons or anything else you can think of!
- Balloons – garland or helium
- The child’s name or initial – balloons or cut outs
- Toys that match the theme
When it comes to food I say keep it easy. The past couple of years I have been doing a grazing board for the kids for when they first arrive then nuggets and chips later on, followed by cake, and voila! It’s a good mix of food which doesn’t need too much thought or effort. And with online ordering now from Woolworths and Coles, it makes life soooo much easier. Start your list online and just keep adding to it as you think of things.
Here’s what I usually put on the kids grazing board:
- Veggie sticks
- Cheese squares
- Lollies – only a few
- Shapes biscuits or chips or cheezels
- Fairy Bread
I put all of the purchased items together in a tub, so when it’s time to assemble the board, everything is together ready to go. Then I literally take big handfuls of each food item and place them in clumps all around the board until it looks nice and full. And as a tip, you can now buy boards that have sides, so you could assemble it a lot earlier, cover, and bring it out when you need it. Check out House. I purchased a great one from there over Christmas.
I find this list nice and simple and really user friendly. Zayn is having a Pokemon theme this year, and it’s only a few weeks away. So I better get on it! Wish me luck!