October 23, 2014

How to throw a Birthday Disco for your Child

Every birthday is special for you and your child; you are much more likely to remember your childhood birthday parties that the ones you have in later life. A way to make things extra exciting for your child is by arranging a fabulous disco that they can invite their entire class to! When planning a disco you need at least 6 weeks to get everything organised to ensure that you get the best deals out there. So here is how you can throw your child the perfect birthday disco.

Music

Music is an integral part of any successful disco, as every child loves a good boogie! To make sure that all the music is kid friendly at your child’s birthday party and earn some major cool points with your little one you can hire DJ decks from London Disco Hire and be the DJ! This comes with the added bonus of letting you play all your child’s favourite songs, which is bound to go down well with them.

Food

When it comes to catering for a party for children you should stick to a buffet. As everyone knows children can be incredibly fussy in regards to what they will or won’t eat so having a range will suit everyone. Annabel Karmel have a vast range of recipes that are fantastic for children’s parties – they look great too! In addition you need to make sure that you have an impressive birthday cake.

Decorations

A way to instil excitement into any child is to make the place, whether it be a function room or a school hall, is by decorating it fantastically. Specialist party suppliers Party Care provide a variety of themed decorations that would be just perfect for your disco party. With a disco party it is essential that you have a disco ball and a lot of bunting – remember to have a huge stock of party bags at the ready!

Plan Party Games

Party games are a must. The best games to play are musical bumps, musical statues and pass the parcel. Prizes don’t have to cost a fortune they could simply be sweets or a lolly pop. Children love to win so try to ensure you have something for everyone so no one is left out.

Give your child the best birthday party ever and they are bound to remember it for the rest of their life. Remember to take lots of photographs so you can get them out again on their 18th birthday!

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Organising A Childs Birthday Party

CaptureTrying to organise your child’s birthday can seem like a daunting task, and of course you want the day to be special and memorable so why leave things to chance? Follow this foolproof guide and ensure you give your child the day they deserve.

Get the guest list organised before you plan.

This may seem like common sense but when you are dealing with a group of children organisation is key to ensuring smooth sailing on the big day. Having a head count can provide you with a good guideline as to your budget and then you can plan accordingly. The best way to get a clear idea is to send out invites such as the ones here from Moonpig, which are both fun and customisable.

Think about venue

It’s always tempting to cut costs by having a party at home, but if you think about it are you sure you are comfortable having that many children running around your home? A great alternative to having a party at home is to hire a venue, who not only provide an exciting environment for your child and friends to play, but also help with food, party games and many other areas. Companies such as Snakes and Slides offer competitive rates and a huge range of packages for you to consider.

Don’t forget the cake!

After all your hard work organising this special day for your child there could be nothing more catastrophic then finding yourself cake-less. To avoid tears before bedtime and ensure a happy child, its best to buy the cake early then store it before the day. Leave yourself a post it reminding you to take it to your venue the night before, just in case you forget in the stress leading up to the party. For a good range of tasty and child friendly cakes have a look at Kool Cakes Bakery, whose offer completely customizable egg and eggless personalised cakes to feed any party of hungry kids. 

Breathe…

Planning any party is stressful, but when it comes to a child’s birthday there is extra pressure to get it right. This doesn’t mean to say you can’t relax and enjoy the day too, if you are still worried about your child’s party, Families online have a fantastic guide to surviving the big day. Now go out there, get organised, and most importantly, have fun!

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Forest Pirates and Crinkly Wings: Baby’s First birthday

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Your son or daughter probably isn’t going to remember their first birthday, but that does not mean that their first year on earth is not worth celebrating. In fact, my mother once described my first birthday as my most important in her eyes and therefore most stressful because she knew in years to come it’d be down to her, family and a scrap book of photos and stories to tell me all about it. For me, my mother’s feelings about my first birthday were a novel way to think of it which lead me to consider what I might do for my own daughter’s first birthday.

Every party needs invites, especially when the birthday girl (or boy, as the case may be) isn’t yet articulate enough to invite their nearest and dearest. For a lot of people invites refer to a stack of pink or blue written slips filled like paperwork over the course of an afternoon. This doesn’t have to be the case. There’s a couple of ways, I can think of, to approach party invitations.

You can inject some excitement into the hand-written invitation in two ways; you can make you own to give your party invites that added special touch or you can splash out on some especially well designed invites like those I opted for from www.partycare.co.uk. I chose to buy invites because, personally I’ve no artistic flair (cake making aside). Party Care were able to supply all my party bits and bobs, actually; they stock some brilliantly kooky fancy dress costumes for the older kids and have a section dedicated to baby’s first birthday supplies…not to mention cake decorating supplies too. Perfect!

Which leads me on to the second thing you’ll need for the perfect baby’s first birthday party…a baby.  Ok, seriously though, number two on the list is the cake. Have you thought yet whether you intend to buy or make baby’s cake?

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Now, cakes are where I come into my own. I can’t wait for baby to be old enough to show her the pictures of the cake I made her, but I still had a lot to think about . I made and decorated baby a Moomin cake. Its creation required supplies though. If you’re working to a tight budget, be warned, making your own cake can appear a cheaper option, but if you’re intending on using coloured icings and cake decorations, expenses can quickly escalate. Hence, purchasing a cake can actually cut costs, half the stress and guarantee you get the result you want. A popular alternative to making your own cake is the ‘photograph cake’, available from most  ASDA supermarkets.

Being baby’s first birthday, many families choose not to bother with a theme. It’s understandable and more than likely that your adorable toddler-to-be is only going to fill that fairy costume with cake anyway. Theme or not, you can’t escape decorations though. Have you thought about balloons, table cloths, bunting?

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Personally, I did opt for a theme and fancy dress. While my little bundle of trouble might not appreciate being wrapped up in ribbon and crinkly wings, her older cohorts certainly did. So, I turned to the good people at NetMums to help me to come up with ideas that would compliment my Moomin cake and eventually decided on an ‘Enchanted Forest’ theme. We painted trees on lining paper, cut them out and stuck them about the house. We devised games, such as ‘pin the berries on the bramble bush’ and stuck (soft) sweets to the trees so the kids could pick them like fruit. Plus, keeping a theme somewhat vague allows guests the freedom to think up their own ideas and get the older kids involved too. We had ‘forest pirates’, fairies and even a hedgehog turn up.

The last thing I did in preparation for my daughter’s birthday party was both the most boring and the most important –safe guard your house. You will never have enough cocktail sausages and cake to stop the little ones from trying to chew their way through, well, whatever they can. Also, with all the dancing and general bopping about both the kids and adults were doing by mid-afternoon our mahogany armchair arms could’ve presented a real hazard, had we not thought to move the furniture to the edges of the room and create space for everyone.

Another ‘health and safety’ issue we faced was allergies. There will always be at least one little one with a food or bubble mixture allergy. Find out, before you begin writing shopping lists, who likes what and who might swell up at the sight of peanuts. During children’s parties, there will always be moments in which not every child is being watched too closely. I don’t mean to scare anyone, but it’s just the truth of the matter. A moment is all it takes. Hence, I found the best way to avoid a birthday blowout (or worse) was simply to omit any food stuffs which figured on the allergy list. You’re going to have enough to contend with come the party, don’t add ambulances to the list.

And last but not least, have fun, get involved and worry about jam stains tomorrow!

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Superhero Dogs and Hot Dog Babies: Children’s Fancy Dress Parties

The last party I attended was  a fancy dress, birthday party for an eight year old. I remember it vividly. One friend dressed their dog in a superman cape. Another parent showcased their artistic flare by making their child’s costume themselves; their poor son spend three hours unable to sit down in a large cardboard outfit, dressed as Sponge Bob Square Pants. Suffice to say, by the end of the party he was, instead, waging war on the bouncy castle in nothing but his father’s Thundercats t-shirt. One little girl was dressed as a strawberry. Another couple brought their four month old son dressed as a hot dog. All in all, it was a brilliantly bizarre affair, and proof of how children’s parties continue to thrive, even in the midst of a recession.

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Almost twenty years ago now, my 8th birthday party involved my older brother using our mother’s make-up and father’s old clothes to dress like a clown and make my school friends cry. Meanwhile, my mother spent all morning skewing cocktail sausages and cubes of cheese only for us kids to then remove the cocktail sticks and attempt to stab each other, leaving a trail of uneaten finger-food in our wake.

Back when I was a kid there were few options and almost all of them involved DIY and papier-mâché . Even at a time when fancy dress was customary, such as Halloween, your mum would simply sit you down and ask if you’d like to be a witch, ghost, black cat or pumpkin for the more ambitious parent, as I remember. Costumes were limited, not by imagination, but certainly by time constraints, money and artistic ability on your parents’  behalf. Now, come Halloween, or birthdays, or even Christmas, I see friends’ children dressed as everything from Yoda to Willie Wonka. There is a vast choice of children’s fancy dress  available for hire these days, such as that offered by Fun and Games Direct.

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With the popularity of trick-or-treating waning in recent years due to concerns over safety and the all the horror stories told in the newspapers, such as The Guardian, the party really has come into its own. Long gone are the days when Halloween meant ripping a ‘head-hole’ in a black bin-bag, placing a plastic cone on a kid’s head and telling them they were a witch before sending them out to bother neighbours for sweets. And while I must admit I was initially sad to see the lack of kids tottering around the street with bed sheets over their heads, turning up to a party at which a baby has arrived dressed as Elvis Presley does go in some way to alleviate my grief.

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