It’s the highlight of your child’s year – their birthday party. As parents we hear the elaborate plans months in advance, the invite list grows (and grows) and their gift wish list never ends.  It’s an epic day for our little ones – and a very looooooong one for us party executors.  Whether you love or loathe the party prep, haven has done the hard work, gathering expert advice and awesome party inspo to make your next party one to remember.

I have celebrated 26 birthdays for my children (that’s three kids!) and we have nailed a few if I do say so myself – the rock star party, pool party, cake smash, rainbow (everything) party, we hit the beach and surfed, hired jumping castles and ginormous toddler toys, drive-in movies, sleep over teepees and embraced the simplicity of a few play centre party over the years. Hubby has baked eight layered rainbow cakes and we have picked up a mud cake at Coles and added our own decorations. Sometimes less is more (or so we tell the kids).

These days I am encouraging the kids to enjoy ‘experiences’ not parties so we can road trip, enjoy an animal encounter, – either way celebrating their life is always going to be the best party whether it’s for us five or fifty friends.

It’s not just about the party this issue – we celebrate our ace regular columnists, school holiday fun, great local events, travel, wellbeing, fashion, education and more!

Read our April issue online here, or head to your fave local kid friendly location to grab a copy!

Happy days,

Keeley O'Connor

Keeley O'Connor  

Keeley has always been a keen entrepreneur and creative and takes great pride in growing her business in parallel with her young family. Keeley started in online publishing with ‘Savvy Mama’ in early 2009 going on to publish print titles over the past decade, including haven, a family lifestyle publication and scout for the Gold Coast holiday-maker more recently. She has grown a vibrant and engaged digital community of followers via her digital and social channels and continues to expand her business with haven creative services // www.havencreative.com.au