Stuck for an idea for a children’s party?

Do you want the day to be extra-special for your child, but you’re aware of cash limits and don’t want to shell out on a big children’s party by hiring a hall and an entertainer?

Do you want the day to be extra-special for your child, but you’re aware of cash limits and don’t want to shell out on a big children’s party by hiring a hall and an entertainer?

The solution could be a small, intimate party at home for your child and their very best friends.

First, plan a treasure hunt for your excited guests. Listen to their squeals of delight as they discover treats, snacks and little toys you’ve carefully secreted in hiding places around the garden or in nooks and crannies in the house.

Once they’ve rumbled all of the hiding places, it’s time to go indoors for a game of pin the tail on the donkey. But be careful of little fingers, so instead of using a pin, opt for some sticky-backed plastic or adhesive. Everyone gets a turn and an adult marks the spot where each blindfolded child ‘pins’ the tail. Get ready for some guffaws as the donkey gets decorated with a tail hanging from his ears or his mouth.

Next, it’s time for a spot of music. Stick a catchy sing-along disco number on the stereo and start pass the parcel. Get everyone singing out loud to the music. Make sure every child gets to experience the thrill of frantically ripping off the wrapping paper and finding a small toy when the music stops – if you miss out anyone, they won’t forget in a hurry!

By now, the children’s thoughts will be turning to food. Instead of spending hours shopping and preparing food beforehand, now’s the time to reach for the phone and ring your local pizza company. Be creative with your taste buds. Opt for some bold choices and choose some themes from around the world. What about the Jamaican Bombastic, the Mexican sizzler or the Hawaiian? But make sure you have a good choice just in case there are some fussy eaters – cheese and tomato pizza is always a popular standby. Have a tasting session and ask the children to rank their favourites. And don’t forget to order some side dishes. Potato wedges and garlic bread will be wolfed down a treat!

After the meal, it’s time to relax and digest the feast they’ve just consumed. Turn the lights down low and pretend your home is a cinema. Have a show of hands to choose a DVD and sit back and revel in the quiet atmosphere as they watch their cartoon heroes. While they’re glued to the screen, creep away to the kitchen and starting preparing the ice cream dish. As the credits roll, put the lights back on and hand around the bowls of ice cream.

Soon it’s time to be picked up by parents. Have the party bags stashed by the door. As your happy guests leave, congratulate yourself on a perfect children’s party.



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