Sunday, 20 March 2016

It's The Kid's Party Time. Birthdays Are Around the Corner. What are you going to do this time?

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 A themed part is not a must, but without it you really don't have much
direction as far as decorations, party favours, food, games, or activities go.  Now is there one theme better then another theme?  No -  as long as your child is thrilled with the theme and your budget allows for it  - then all is good.
 
Listed below are various themes for different age groups. Feel free to choose one or make up one of your own!  Choosing the theme is probably the most exciting part of planning a birthday party.  You can allow you and your child's imagination go wild! 
 

Perfect Party Themes for Children Ages 1 through 11

 

Rug Rats                                                                   Pokémon
Bear in the Big Blue House                                   Clifford the Big Red Dog
The Busy World of Richard Scary                        Paddington Bear
Outer Space or Aliens                                            American Idol
Barnyard                                                                    Bug or Critter
Beach Theme                                                           Camping
Sports                                                                         Dinosaurs
Colour                                                                          Carnival
Dress Up                                                                   Firefighter
NASCAR                                                                   Pyjama
Pirate                                                                          Princess
Animal                                                                       Rainbow
Safari                                                                         Surf
Tea Party                                                                   Teddy Bear
Trains, Planes and Automobile                             Deep Sea
Wild West                                                                  Wizard of Oz
Sponge Bob                                                              Any Cartoon
Spooky    
                                                                  
The Land Before Time                                            Barbie

 

 

For first birthdays, try and keep the number of children invited low!   A couple other children are more than adequate and a theme is not really necessary unless you just have to have one.  Baby party decorations in bright primary colours are enough to stimulate a little ones mind. 
 
A few big blown up beach balls, plastic containers with plastic spoons so they can make music, tunnels that can be made out of cardboard boxes decorated with wrapping paper are next to irresistible for a one year old not to crawl through.  Poster board and washable finger paints are also a great activity.  Cereal they can dump back and forth between plastic containers. Be happy, this should be one of the most easiest ones to organise. After this one they get a little more difficult.

 


 


Perfect Party Themes for Children Ages 12 and up.


 
Amazing Race Theme                                            Beach Party
Camping Party                                                          Dance Party
Fiesta Theme                                                            Hollywood Theme
Murder Mystery Theme                                           Pirate Theme
Polka Dot Theme                                                     Pool Party
Scavenger Hunt                                                       Slumber Party
Spa Theme                                                               Survivor Theme
Bowling Party                                                           Hotel Party
Laser Tag Party                                                        Limo Party
Movie Night Party                                                     Paint Ball Party
Skating Party                                                            Sporting Event Party
Theme Park Party                                                    Retro Theme
50’s Theme

 

 

 

The older the kids often means more kids invited and a bit more of an expense but if you are wise in your decisions it does not need to break the bank.  Off site parties can get quite expensive especially if there are admission fees such as Theme parks, sporting events.  movies, skating rinks, lazar tag and paint ball facilities.  Make sure you limit the number of guest on any of these types of events.  The day and time of the week can play a role on admission cost. Be sure to get confirmation of attendance so you do not end up paying for guest that do not attend!
 
It is generally cheaper to rent a room at a centre for a dance party in the middle of the week rather then a weekend.  If your child does not like the idea of having their party on a weeknight, simply explain to them they have a choice, if it is held on a weekend less guest can attend, if it is held on a weekday they can invite more guest.  Still have the top set number you will allow in either situation and stick to your guns.  But if you really do prefer the weekend then go for it.
 
You will be surprised at how easily you can pull off a themed party in the house!  The Retro Theme works well in a home and outdoors.  You can save some money by hitting the second hand stores and picking up some tee shirts that can be tied-dyed.  A few other supplies you may want to consider is face paints, and fabric paints. Take tons of pictures, and encourage guest to wear clothing that matches the era. Play some music and this party will take care of itself.
 
A chocolate fondue party is also a hit with the teens. Purchase fresh fruits, nuts, cookies, marshmallow, pretzels and other great chocolate dipping foods.
Large platters of fresh fruit can be served, with music playing in the background and you may even want to fire up the grill and throw on sausages and some chicken legs!  

With the teens comes the Sweet Sixteen Party as well.  Some great suggestions for a Sweet Sixteen Party are dance parties, a formal night out party, spa party, karaoke party, and a slumber/beauty party.  The main thing to keep in mind is that the party does not need to be hugely elaborate - just do it from the heart! That is what will shine through in the end. 


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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