Looking for some party planning inspo? You’ve come to the right place. Read on for haven’s best tips, ideas and DIY for all kinds of parties, for all kinds of kids. From toddler to teen, we’ve got you covered. Let’s get this party started!
CHOOSING A THEME
The theme is key to a rockin’ party – whether your littlie is into Frozen (yes, still!) or The Wiggles, or your teen or tween is into a Swiftie/Bruno Mars/Jessie J music genre. Get the kids involved in choosing the theme, and give them some more ideas beyond the standard favourite pop icons. Perhaps a letter party, inspired by your kids’ first initial, or a “pairs” party where you randomly match up party guests and provide them with a dress-up idea. Or a “retro” party (just remember, for kids, “retro” is as recent as 2000!). A favourite book, movie or character can provide oodles of inspo, or a party style can set the stage for some serious fun – tea party, kitchen capers, a ‘dinner’ party for older teens or a sleepover for tweens.
SETTING THE SCENE
Some of the best fun is setting the scene for your party extravaganza. Check out blogs such as www.sweetstyle.com.au or www.lovestruckweddings.com.au for beautiful inspo (both are featured within this issue of haven, to get your brainstorming started). From bunting to streamers, candy-coloured paper straws and old-school popcorn cups, antique-style drink dispensers and lolly jars filled with mini marshmallows or Smarties, the options are as broad as your imagination. Try Confetti and Cake for pretty party supplies. Check out Pinterest and Instagram for even more inspo – you could easily spend hours trawling the most delicious party pics, so prepare to get lost in festive fever!
Once you’ve planned your ‘look’, get the kids involved, and get crafty. Download templates to make and colour-in invitations, wrap mini milk bottles in craft paper or lace and fill with tea lights or just-picked flowers to add a pop to your party table, and customise lolly bags – try brown paper bags blinged up with stickers, glitter and a sweet message from the birthday boy or girl.
The best parties have an agenda, and get the kids involved. Primary school kids will love a “make your own” party – from pizzas to cupcakes to cookie faces. Set out the ingredients in little bowls, cover a long table in bright tablecloths and let the kids get their hands (and faces!) dirty. Or try Cook House at Burleigh for a party with a difference – packages include invitations, party food, games, cooking activities, a take-home dessert decorated by each child and decorations.
Doodlebugs has a range of themed party options (from high tea to disco!) and caters for the adults with parent platters available to order. Got a sporty kid? Gold Coast Gymnastics, Little Kickers, Aerial Angels, JumPit Trampoline Park and Epic Skate get the festivities really moving, with some active, sweaty, fast and fierce fun.
Hard-to-please teen in your midst, or want to make a birthday treat really special? Dreamworld has just introduced new customised birthday party packages. With the Big9 Thrill Rides, games arcade, Zombie Evilution laser combat challenge, WhiteWater World and more, you’ll knock their socks off! Packages include a host, lunch, lolly bags, invitations, special character visits and photos. That’s a knock-out party that won’t wipe you out afterwards – no mess, no fuss, just a world of fun.
For a party the kids are still talking about months later, try Pamper Party Workshops – the mobile pamper parlour comes to you, with make-your-own activities for the kids, a range of deluxe experiences to choose from, and take home mementos of their day. The Princess in Paris party guests make their own lip balm and glitter body mist. Little divas will love the Deluxe Fashion Catwalk Princess Car Party – dress ups, make your own eye shadow, catwalk fun plus chauffeured princess car hire and photos to end the day!
Thank you cards are a beautiful touch – especially if you add a photo of your child with each guest, taken on the day. Or perhaps a quick snap of the birthday kid opening or playing with their gift. Paper Divas offers a beautifully designed suite of fully customisable thank you cards (plus invitations, lolly bags and accessories). Or get the kids busy making their own.
For a big-deal birthday party, a photo booth can be heaps of fun. Or DIY it, with a box of props (hats, wigs, feather boas, blackboard signs and chalk) and your own camera. Email the pics out to party guests later, or create an online album to share.
Whatever your party plan, fill it with fun, friends and a sprinkle of glitter, and make it a magic experience for your special guest of honour. Happy birthday!