Do you find that nowadays, kid’s birthday parties often have a ‘the bigger the better’ mentality?
Don’t get me wrong, I know how easy it is to want to go over the top for our children. We want the bouncy castles, the rented soft play areas, the delicious food trucks and the ice cream stalls. But, sometimes we can really start to feel the pressure of making our kids birthdays a big event. I promise though, it doesn’t have to be that way and your kids will still absolutely love what you do.
When I was growing up birthday parties were really simple. Most years they were held at my Mum’s house, and they were packed full of fun and games. She didn’t throw huge parties, but we still had the best time and I still have great memories from them even today.
A birthday party really doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg and it doesn’t have to stress you out months in advance because you’re trying to find and book the perfect venue. Why not throw your little one’s birthday party at home? I have a feeling you’ll be glad you did!
Here are some of my top tips for planning a birthday party in your own home:
Timing It Right
Choosing the right time to have the party is so important. If you pick a time that doesn’t overlap with a meal time and you’ll make it a lot easier on yourself. A party from 2pm to 5pm is ideal. That way you can still have snacks and a cake but you don’t need to worry about making a substantial meal for your guests. Having a set finish time is also important, especially if the idea of planning a party at your house stresses you out. It won’t be lasting forever and you can structure your three hours to have the most fun.
Every home birthday party I had as a child involved party games and everyone love them. A birthday party wouldn’t be the same without a few games for the kids to play. Game don’t have to be huge or time-consuming either. Little ones love simple activities like musical statues, pass the parcel, pin the tail on the donkey or a piñata full of sweets. My favourite when I was younger was musical statues. Have a few easy games planned in advance and your party will be a hit.
Keep It Simple
The trick is to not overdo it, especially if this is an early birthday like two or three years old. They will have the rest of their lives to have big parties, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a good time. If you’re planning a snack table, you can keep it so simple and easy, but still delicious by having things like a fruit and veggie platter, bite sized sausage rolls, crisps and lightly spiced wedges – McCain wedges can be popped right into the oven and only take 18 minutes.
It’s All About The Cake
I don’t know any kid who doesn’t look forward to a birthday cake! For most kids, it’s one of the highlights of the party. Singing happy birthday, blowing out candles and sharing the dessert around is definitely one of the best bits of having a party at home, and you can easily create your own birthday cake by making a few simple sponges and topping with icing. Here’s a really simple birthday cake recipe that we love.
Ice cream cakes are also an easy alternative and really popular at the moment. As are individual cupcakes which are super easy to make and you can find lots of recipes and themed designs on places like Pinterest. Of course if you want to splash out and buy a themed cake, go for it!
Don’t Forget The Goodie Bags
Lastly, make sure you don’t forget to make a goodie bag for your mini party guests. It doesn’t have to be anything costly – simply add bouncy balls, stickers, crayons, balloons and a few snacks or sweets and you’re good to go.
Are you planning on hosting your kid’s birthday party at home? What do you think of these simple tips for a fun-filled day minus the stress?