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!
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!
- And what’s a party without a frilly party frock? Check out these girly finds from our sellers…
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