Throwing a kids’ party at home? The truth is, a crowd of kids can be difficult to manage when they’re running around among your most valuable household possessions. So gather them all and get them outside for the perfect outdoor party.
HERE ARE OUR TOP TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR KIDDIES’ GARDEN CELEBRATION ONE TO REMEMBER
PICK A THEME
To get you started and make planning all the elements a little easier, decide on your theme for the day. One idea is to turn the garden into a mini carnival, with little stalls, tables and fun features in each area of the garden.
You could hire a candy floss or popcorn machine and a jumping castle, and have activities like face painting, “guess the number of sweets in the jar”, and set up a giant ball pit. You could also do a ‘glamping’ sleepover party: for girls, set up comfy cushions and bags of beauty treats for them to get involved in and for boys, set up an intricate fort and a treasure hunt for them to enjoy.
PLAN IN ADVANCE
Think about what you will need to order beforehand and any possible lead times. For example, if you want to hire an entertainer for the day, make sure you book them at least 2 months in advance. About 6 weeks before, sit down with your kids and make a guest list for the party – make sure to include everyone so no one gets left out.
Two weeks before, start thinking about party invites. Decide whether you’ll be making something creative with the kids, or popping out to buy them from a party store. A week before, make sure your big party food shopping is done and the cake is ordered!
DON’T FORGET THE ALL IMPORTANT FOOD AND SNACKS
Kids’ parties often include the adults, so you’ll need to decide on food that will please everyone. Little finger foods are often the easiest to prepare and help control children’s portion sizes. Choose items that you can serve at room temperature so you don’t have to worry about hot trays.
Some savoury ideas include chicken skewers, mini hot dogs or burgers, spring rolls served with a dipping sauce, or nachos and guacamole. For dessert, things like fruity popsicles, cupcakes and bowls of assorted sweets always go down well. The uneaten sweets and cupcakes can be sealed in Tupperware and kept aside which is an added bonus!
PLAN FOR IT’S CLEAN-UP TIME
To make your life easier, give the kiddies paper plates and plastic cutlery and set up two bins in one area of the garden: one for rubbish and one for recyclables (things like plastic and glass). Now all you have left are the adults’ plates and glasses, which can be put away in the dishwasher and forgotten about until they’re squeaky clean!
Kiddies’ parties definitely don’t have to be the nightmare they’re made out to be. If you keep your wits about you and start planning ahead of time, you’ll be more than equipped to handle everything, and even enjoy the party yourself.