Sarah Nicholson is a mum to two boisterous pre-school boys and co-founder of The Mumdrum.
Prior to having children, Sarah spent 11 years with British Airways working across a variety of strategy, marketing and web design roles. She is an original member of the Military Wives Choir.
The thought of organising a fabulous party for your little (or not so little) one can be a daunting prospect, so we've put together 10 top tips to make organising and throwing a birthday party for your child an enjoyable experience for everyone!
This year, for the first time, I turned to Pinterest for party inspiration and it made the whole thing so much more fun and so much easier. Not only could I add ideas to my own boards, but I found some fantastic mummy bloggers who had done all the hard work for me and had planned out entire parties!
Visit The Mumdrum Kids Party Ideas Board on Pinterest for ideas and inspiration.
Choosing a theme for your child’s party makes it much easier to decide on party invites, décor, party games and party food. There are endless themes to choose from and they don’t need to cost a fortune. Here are just a few: Peter Pan, Monsters, Butterflies & Bugs, Space, Down on the Farm, Knights and Princesses, Pirates, Alice in Wonderland, Superheros, Dinosaurs, Spies, Football, Ballet, Diggers and Construction, Cowboys, Mermaids.
Anna at The Imagination Tree has some fabulous ideas for a Pirate Party (many of which we re-created!)
Choosing who to invite to your child’s party can be a bit of a minefield. Inviting just a few close friends means that you can host the party at home, providing a welcoming setting and saving the pennies. If your child decides they'd like to invite their entire class, why not double up with a friend whose birthday falls in the same month. Twice as many helpers and half the cost!
Planning your child’s party will ensure (well, make it more likely!) that everything runs smoothly on the day. Things to think about include: the venue, date, timings, guest list, invitations, RSVPs, party food, birthday cake, party games, party bags, decorations.
If you have the time, why not make some of the decorations and accessories for the party with your child. Maggy over at the Red Ted Art blog has some fantastic super hero party ideas, including homemade super hero party invites and super hero masks.
Depending on the number of children you are expecting, draft in some extra help from grandparents or friends. When it comes to co-ordinating party games and 'feeding the 5,000' extra pairs of hands are always useful!
If the thought of running party games for 25 small children fills you with dread, then opting for an entertainer could save you a lot of time and stress. We recently attended a party run by Ellie Kelly of Buttons Parties and the boys had a whale of a time!
Why not ditch the traditional party bags in favour of a book or a gift related to your party theme for each child. Alternatively you could do a craft activity with the kids that they could then take home, such as a decorating cupcakes or making their own treasure map.