If – like many of us – your heart sinks when your little one says ‘,I want a Princess and Pony party’ or ‘Mine HAS to be better than Suzie’s was’ then rest assured, help is at hand, courtesy of a few of our tips and some lovely brands…
- Go all out for a theme: we’ve recently fallen for French company My Little Day, whose range of partyware (including cups, napkins, plates, invitations, balloons, cookie cutters and stickers) covers tons of themes as diverse as ‘Parisian Chic’ , ‘Rainbows and Unicorns’ and ‘Outer Space’… Order online for UK delivery.
- Think about the mix of kids: ultimately, what your child wants for their party comes first, but if you perhaps have lots of older children coming also maybe give them an alternative options.
SM tip: My youngest wanted to have a Foxy party, like the fox on ‘Charlie and Lola’ but we ended up making it a Gruffalo Party (and she was the fox) so that there was more scope for games and dressing up. Debenham’s have a range of Gruffalo costumes.
- Get creative with food: Julia Dowling of Snapdragon recommends ‘ ,Get imaginative with the party food you choose. For example, treat your budding astronauts and space rangers to ‘edible moon rocks’ (rice crispy cakes), ‘comet tails’ (candy floss), ‘flying saucers’ (imaginatively-filled mini-bagels) and, of course, that old favourite – NASA freeze-dried ice-cream (£5.99, )’
SM tip: ‘there will always be one kid who isn’t allowed any kind of fun party food. I love this recipe for Paleo Chocolate Mousse, from The Healthy Foodie and my tip would be to serve it in individual muffin cases or ramekins with organic wriggly worms poking out…‘
- Got more than one child? Think about party decor that keeps on giving. A set of Pirate partyware (like this one from Party Pickles) can be recycled into a spooky Halloween theme, or use the spotty bunting to make Circus decor. And well made party items are great to jazz up your child’s bedroom afterwards as a reminder of their wonderful day…
- Need to make banners? Take the stress out of letter cutting with these ready made kits from A Lovely Little Company… Available in black also.
- Attempting face-painting? Snazaroo have some great beginner guides on their website and their range of face paints includes glitter and super simple to use crayon sticks.
- And finally, don’t forget about the grown ups. A few rounds of adult canapes or a simple cheese board will be wholly appreciated amongst the sweets and veggie sticks …
SM tip: ‘We always offer our adult guests a glass or two of bubbly at kids’ parties if they’re not driving. If you want to match the bubbles with the theme, check out these super cool metallic prosecco bottles, available to order from Liquid Gold drinks.’