There is a new piece going around at the moment, championing the fact that we only have 18 summers with our children. 18. It doesn’t seem like a lot when you compare it to the average life expectancy. So we should make the most of it when we can, from spontaneous picnics to throwing ultra-fun birthday parties. Here are some things you can do to give your little ones (and you) some memories that will last a lifetime.

Throwing the best birthday party in 5 easy steps:

Get your theme sorted:

Different age groups work really well with different themes.

Aged 2-5:

Bugs, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Duggee, Pirates, Fairies / Princess, Explorers, Tractors & Trains – these tend to work for any child between those ages.

Ages 6-8:

Witches and Wizards (Harry Potter / Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Dora Explorer, Disney Villains & Heroes, Lego, SpongeBob SquarePants, or Marvel/ DC Heroes & Villains party all go down a treat.


Start early, to really get your kiddos into the party groove, you can make your own invites. Get the glue sticks out, print out some cut and stick shapes or templates and spend the day building personalised invites. Remember that if you aren’t inviting the whole class, then to save any kids feeling left out, it might be better to give the invites directly to the parents. Make sure you have given parents enough time, and be clear if it’s a drop and go, or kids need to be supervised by parents.

Don’t be surprised if you get asked when the party is, even after sending out the invitations, parents have a lot on already so remember extra things isn’t always easy. Gentle reminders a few days before are a great idea.

Work with the space you have:

If you are working with the adage of inviting the number of children that matches your child’s age, i.e. 6 years old, 6 friends then you’re not going to need that much space. If you’ve decided to go all out and invite the whole class, then firstly amazing and secondly – bare that in mind when you are hiring spaces. Kids have a lot of energy and even more when they are together sans school environment, give them space to move.

Keep them busy & parents relaxed:

Half the joy of taking your children to a birthday party, is they get to play with their friends all day, and you can (sometimes) relax and enjoy some hands-off parenting, So check out affordable jumping castles for hire, some traditional entertainment like a magician, or even a princess! No party would be complete without a couple of games like musical chairs, pass the parcel, hide and seek and a treasure hunt. So, incorporate those into the day too.

Mindful Munch:

Some children have allergies and not just minor ones. Be very careful when you are planning your food, ensure that you have checked with all of the parents about who has any allergies or intolerances and cater for both. There is nothing worse than a child falling ill from a simple slip up.
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