Charlotte's Birthday Party
You only turn 3 once! Eri celebrates her daughter Charlotte’s third birthday along with husband Josh, son Sam (8), and elder daughter Olivia (10).

Charlotte’s 3rd birthday party

My youngest daughter, Charlotte, turned three last weekend, and for the first time in ages (my older kids are not into traditional parties anymore), I found myself organising an event for 20 kids. Now I’m no party planner extraordinaire, nor do I have a stylist’s knack for putting things together, but I soon realised that with a little clever planning (plus a hired ‘magical fairy’ and a few products from hardtofind.), throwing a stress-free kids’ party was easier than I thought. Here are my tips:

Set the scene

  • When entertaining a gaggle of super-excited kids, an outdoor venue with loads of space is a must! Enclosed kids’ parks are ideal so parents can relax knowing their kids are safely ensconced, and trees provide the perfect backdrop for decorations, plus shade for the food and guests.
  • Old-fashioned decorations such as a fabric bunting, paper straws and treat boxes add a retro touch.
  • Keep the menu healthy and simple. Kids are generally more interested in running around and having fun than the food anyway, and the last thing any parent wants is a 3-year-old on a sugar high! Small chicken sandwiches, homemade popcorn and carrot sticks with hummus are some tasty, kid-friendly ideas. You’d be amazed at how quickly a big bowl of fresh berries will disappear!
  • Rather than a large birthday cake (which is often too much for kids to cope with), try mini cupcakes – the kids eat less and there’s much less mess, too!
Charlotte's Birthday Party
1.  ‘Woodland rabbit’  bunting, $39.95; 2. ‘carnival’ striped paper plates (pack of 20) and cups (pack of 20), $12.95 each; 3. ‘flower bouquet’ cupcake wrappers (pack of 24), $9.95; 4. girls’ ‘pink/red’ bunting, $49.99; 5. ‘dots’ treat boxes in ‘candy pink’ (pack of 8), $10.95; 6. ‘lovely lace’ paper plates (pack of 20), $12.95; 7. ‘polka dot’ baking cups (pack of 20), $7.95; 8. paper sunburst in ‘fuchsia’, $9. Shop the collection here.

Gorgeous extra touches

  • Give young guests a take-home treat in a sweet paper bag tied with a vintage-style thank-you card. Lollies and small gifts such as these whimsical mushroom pencil sharpeners and nostalgic paper windmills are a nice surprise.
  • Choose invitations that reflect the theme. We went for a ‘fairy party’ theme so kids could dress up in their favourite tutu!
Charlotte's Birthday Party
1. ‘Confetti’ cake bags (pack of 12), $8.95; 2. take-home treat box (pack of 10), $11.95; 3. ‘mushies’ pencil sharpener, $6.95 each; 4. fabric party bag, $6; 5. vintage gift tags (pack of 24), $7.50; 6. paper windmills (pack of 6), $15; 7. ‘stripe’ treat boxes (pack of 8), $10.95; 8. ‘magical carousel’ party invites (pack of 10), $24.95. Shop the collection here.

Party outfits

  • And what’s a party without a frilly party frock? Check out these girly finds from our sellers…
Charlotte's Birthday Party
1. Toddler tutu skirt, $25; 2. tiered ruffle dress, $49; 3. girls’ ‘super frill’ skirt, $49.95; 4. ‘Anastasia’ black winter lace tutu, $46.75; 5. ‘Ava’ dress in fuchsia, $60; 6. ‘blue daisies’ skirt, $48.72. Shop the collection here.

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