for the Best Kids' Birthday Party Ever!
|Be clear on the kids party invitation, it
makes it easier for other parents and for
you. You'll get less questions and everything
will go more smoothly. Put both a start and
end time for the party. If you plan to be
indoors or outside, indicate any special clothing
that might be needed. If you are providing
a meal, then parents will know whether or
not to feed their children beforehand. If
the party has a theme or costumes are required,
let people know well in advance. Not everyone
will know your address or have your phone
number so be sure to include these details
along with an RSVP by date. As a bonus, some
of our treasure hunts come with themed invitations
you can print at home!
should you invite to the kids' party?
|It can be a bit sensitive who's invited
and who's not, for example among children
in the same nursery or class. If you invite
everyone, it's normally fine to give the invitations
to the caregiver / teacher but check with
them first. If you invite only a few children,
get in touch with the parents directly and
try to avoid talking about the party in front
of other children.
How long should the party last?
|About 2-3 hours is appropriate for a birthday
party for younger children. Sometimes if a
party goes on too long, the children get tired
and it can become less fun. It could be fun
for older children to watch a movie together,
so be sure to factor in enough time so they
can watch until the end!
How many kids should you invite for the kids'
|Think about the place where you will have
the party. If you don't have a lot of space
inside, it can be really fun to have the party
outside in your backyard, garden, at the park
or a local venue (weather/season permitting).
If it rains, don't let it spoil the day -
kids love jumping in puddles! When you choose
the location for the party, figure out the
distance to the nearest toilet. You don't
want to have to make 20 trips to the toilet;
there won't be time to do anything else!
& Themed Kids' Parties
|Plan well. A party with planned activities
is often less chaotic than unplanned play
time. An organised party can also be more
fun and memorable. Theme parties are always
fun, there's no denying it! You can have any
theme that you want - and naturally it should
be the birthday boy/girl who chooses! A themed
Kids' Birthday party can be organised with
pretty simple materials and doesn't need to
cost a fortune. Think of costumes, games and
food that go together with the theme. Popular
themes can be based on your child's favourite
characters or interests - let your imagination
run wild! Sometimes you want to have a girls
party only, then you might choose a girls
party theme and throw a Princess Party and
for a boys party you might choose differently
and do a Football Birthday Party or a Superhero
Party. A themed Childrens' Party that usually
works well for both boys and girls, and from
a young age is a Pirate Party.
Ideas for Kids Party themes:
Frozen Birthday party
Birthday Party Ideas you find here>>
Parents or Without?
|If the children are younger it's nice if
a few parents are on hand to help. Some children
can feel uneasy in a new environment or around
children they don't know. If parents are helping,
you can show your appreciation by offering
them coffee and a piece of cake. Then take
advantage of your parental 'resources' and
let them know how they can help with different
|Try to make an appropriate choice when you
choose party games. Avoid games that exclude
children one by one. Even older kids don't
necessarily like these types of games. And
remember, the whole point is to have fun!
If something isn't really working as you planned,
just move on to the next activity.
A treasure hunt is really one of the most
fun activities you can have at a birthday
party and it works at parties held inside
or outdoors. You could draw a treasure map
yourself with a hidden treasure and a few
stations where some challenges or puzzles
must be solved. You can even make the map
look old by scrunching it up, staining it
with a tea bag and carefully burning the
edges with a lighter.
Ready-made, super fun treasure hunts can
be found on grapevine.nu and they can be
organised in minutes!
Hunts for kids
|A treasure hunt for kids is one of the most
fun Kids Party Games, it's a Party Game that
can work both indoors and outdoors. A simple
way to organize it is to draw a treasure hunt
map that leads to the treasure. Other ideas
for a treasure hunt is to make clues that
lead to different places and then have some
challenges for the kids to solve on the way.
Then it becomes more of a mystery solving
game and even more fun!
|At Grapevine, we have lots of products that
make it really easy to organise a fun Kids'
party. With your purchase, you receive a structured,
ready-made product and all you have to do
is print it out. You save time and it can
all take place at home, in the park or at
the playground and it's much cheaper than
renting a venue or paying for a party experience.
Our specially designed treasure hunts are
heaps of fun with loads of exciting challenges
to complete and you get everything you need!
The products come in themes that kids love,
such as princesses, pirates, detectives or
superheroes to name a few. If you already
have other activities planned or you simply
want to make a get-together more fun, try
the basic treasure hunt.
super fun treasure hunts can be found on grapevine.nu
and they can be organised in minutes! Find
them on www.grapevine.nu
Party food and drink
|It's always a good idea to serve something
to eat at a birthday party. If the kids eat
more of a proper meal first then they won't
fill up as much on the sugary foods like cake
and candy. But you don't have to make them
a gourmet meal; something simple will do the
trick. Plus, kids who are at a party surrounded
by their friends won't sit still for very
long. Avoid sticky foods so you don't end
up with a gooey mess and make your clean up
easier. You could make a skewer with meatballs,
hotdogs and vegetables served in a paper cup
with a napkin. It works perfectly for eating
sitting on the floor - just be sure to cut
off the sharp ends on the wooden skewers.
It's a cheap and cheerful way to serve up
a small meal to youngsters.
Another good snack idea is pizza rolls (see
recipe below) or maybe simply a hotdog in
a bun with a few crisps on the side. A large
bowl with fruit juice, fizzy lemonade and
bits of fruit creates a fun and festive drink.
|A cake decorated to the theme of the party
is really exciting. If you want to cover your
birthday cake with marzipan, you can buy it
in lots of different colours. If you haven't
worked with marzipan before, it can be a bit
tricky getting it rolled out and covering
the cake without falling apart. Ambitious
cake makers can buy a special metal rolling
pin to help with this problem. Another popular
and relatively easy alternative is to make
your own ice cream cake. With a square block
of ice cream, meringue drops, chocolate sauce,
cookies and candy, you can build almost anything,
a castle, a crown, a snowman, or a train.
|It just wouldn't be right having a birthday
party without giving out a goody bag at the
end. Most kids expect something fun at the
end of an exciting treasure hunt too! Remember
that you don't have to fill the bags to the
brim, a few small pieces of candy and a lollipop
should be sufficient. You could also do something
more inventive and perhaps even healthier
by making your own treat, for example caramel
popcorn (see recipe below).
|Festive and fun, popcorn can be a
great alternative to a goody bag.
|Melt butter and sugar while stirring in
a large pot, make sure it doesn't burn. (Gauge
the amount of butter and sugar to the amount
of popcorn you are making. You only need enough
to lightly cover the popped kernels). Remove
from the heat and pour in the popped popcorn.
Spread out onto some baking paper. Add a touch
of salt. Fill paper cones with the yummy popcorn.
Easy as 1-2-3!
|These smart, tasty and easy-to-eat
pizza rolls can be prepared way in advance
and frozen until you need them.
50 g yeast
300 ml milk
75 g butter and vegetable oil
2 tbsp. runny honey
approx. 800-850 g all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
200 ml tomato sauce
200 g sliced ham
200 g shredded cheese
2 tbsp. dried oregano
1 egg to wash with
(makes approx 16)
Method: Mix the yeast into the cold milk.
Add the other ingredients and knead the
dough, use a food processor if you have
one, for about 8 minutes. Let rest under
a towel for approx. 15 minutes. Divide the
dough in two parts. Roll out each half to
approx. 40 x 30 cm. Spread tomato sauce
over both dough halves, add bits of sliced
ham, then sprinkle cheese and oregano on
top. Roll the dough up and then cut each
roll into about 8 pieces. Lay the rolled
up pieces on their side and put them in
a Tupperware in the freezer.
The night before the party: Put the frozen
bread rolls on a baking sheet. Cover with
foil. Put them in the refrigerator overnight.
Just before the party starts: Heat the
oven to 225°C. Brush the tops with an
egg wash and sprinkle a bit of oregano over
them. Cook in the oven for 12-15 minutes.