If your child’s birthday party is coming up and you’re worried about things not going to plan – don’t stress. There are ways to side-step disasters, it just takes a little bit of extra planning.
1) Entertainer problems. Booking an entertainer will be the highlight of the party. Whether it’s a surprise for the birthday boy or girl or not, the reaction is bound to be one of excitement. But what happens when it doesn’t go to plan? Perhaps the entertainer is stuck in traffic, unwell or doesn’t turn up.
How to avoid it:
Use a reputable entertainer and once booked, be sure to communicate before the party. Let them know if there is usually a lot of traffic near the party venue, ask what time they expect to be there, and what happens if the booked entertainer can’t make it. Also very important if there is limited parking in your street to reserve a car spot for your entertainer in your driveway or on the street. (This will save your entertainer and prevent them from being late) A great suggestion is to have the kids at the rear of your house, at the time when you know the entertainer will be arriving. (this way they won't see the fairy get out of the car. It may ruin the magic for them if they are a young age.)
2) Last minute cancellations. Unfortunately, cancellations are part of hosting parties. There’s always bound to be a couple.
How to avoid it:
It’s always a good idea to ask all guests to R.S.V.P. Give a date by when you would like them to reply. This will give you a good indication ahead of the day, without having to juggle numbers last minute. There isn’t much that can be done about on the day cancellations, other than carry on with the party. While inviting new guests last minute may not be the best etiquette, you can ask siblings of the guests to join in!
3) Food dilemmas. You’ve gone to a lot of effort to make, bake and prepare the party food, only to have the guests not eat it.
How to avoid it:
Ask guests to let you know about any dietary requirements before the day. When it comes to catering, try and keep the options broad. You don’t have to go overboard with food, but a mix of flavours/toppings/fillings is sure to keep everyone happy.
4) Bad weather. It’s raining and you planned for an outdoor party.
How to avoid it:
It’s always a good idea to have a wet weather contingency plan to avoid disappointment – especially in winter. Try to have a back-up, indoor space in case of rain, or consider some alternatives like a marquee.
Upset guests/birthday boy or girl. Someone is upset at the party. This can happen for a number of reasons.
How to avoid it:
This is one of those things that can’t always be avoided. However, trying to make the party as inclusive as possible will help. Make sure you have enough of any giveaways, for each child and try and keep activities and games open to all guests.
And a final note: Sometimes things are just out of our control. If something doesn’t go to plan, just remember that it’s a birthday party after all. A smile and good sense of humour will always help. If you remain calm and happy, your guests are bound to follow suit.
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Why do so many kids love ninja turtles? Well, who wouldn’t love karate-chopping, bad-guy catching, adventure-seekers. Especially popular with boys, ninja turtle parties are easy to coordinate, and a lot of fun.
Fly-kick your child’s birthday party into awesome territory with these easy steps.
Get the party started by inviting party guests to dress up as ninja turtles. Either purchase a ready-made costume or make your own. For home-made costumes, kids can wear a green top and pants. Cut two eye holes out of a strip of material, for a quick and easy eye mask. Don’t forget your ninjas will also need turtle shells. Paint a foil oven tray with green or brown paint, add straps with either ribbon or elastic.
Green is your new favourite colour at this party. Lime green really pops and will create the perfect turtle-look. Decorate with balloons, streamers, table cloths and plastic tableware. To take the party theme to next level, add additional props. Ninja turtle are crime-busters. They live in the city sewer and save people from the baddies. Draw a city skyline on cardboard and place on the wall. Cut circles from silver cardboard (30cm diameter) and paste on the floor, to recreate ‘sewer entry points’. Place plastic bins around the room with labels on them reading: Toxic waste.
3) Party food
After saving the city, your ninja turtles will have worked up an appetite. Ninja turtles adore pizza. Serve up a selection of toppings. For a healthier alternative, make a cauliflower pizza base. Celery and cucumber sticks, green apples, and guacamole dip will continue the green-theme. A ninja turtle cake or cupcakes can be bought or made. To quench their thirst, make delicious, green smoothies and place in glass jars. Line your smoothies on a table with a sign reading: Slime. Kids will love it!
4) Entertainer and ninja turtle training
Invite a professional ninja turtle to the party. The expert ninja turtle will keep the kids entertained and for a really special touch, run a ‘Ninja Turtle Training Camp’! Ninja turtles will learn all the secret moves and must-know information. Each turtle will graduate from rookie to expert, and see what’s it’s really like to be a crime-busting amphibian.
Ninja turtles go on missions and solve problems. A treasure hunt is a fun group activity that does both. Design a set of clues that lead the turtles towards an end prize. For example, the first clue could be: Find the pink flowers. This will lead the ninja turtles to the flowerbed, where the next clue will be waiting. Mix up clues with activities. For example, ask the turtles to pull their best karate pose, in order to receive the next clue. Help your turtles along to the end point, where their prize will be waiting!
To wrap up the party, you may want to give your ninja turtles a small goodie back. Include, a small pot of green play doh, re-labelled: Toxic Waste, a green bouncy ball and a small packet of green lollies.
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When planning a birthday party, we want to make sure everything goes to plan, that nothing is forgotten and that the birthday boy or girl is happy. With so much on the to-do list, it can be easy to forget about those who make the party possible in the first place – the guests! What are the best ways to thank party guests and show your appreciation?
Here a 5 fun and creative ways to say thanks!
1) A note. With so many emails being sent daily, non-digital mail is becoming a rare thing! Have impact by sending a hand-written note. Everyone loves receiving a personalised letter. You can use notepaper in theme with the party. Tailor each note, by thanking your guest for their gift or simply attending. You can write the note on behalf of your child. Here’s an example:
Thank you so much for being part of my seventh birthday party and making it so fun. I love the colouring-in pencils you gave me. I can’t wait to use them. I also really liked your batman costume, you looked great.
See you at school.
2) Email. If email is more your thing, there are various options for a fun thank you. Paperless Post is a nifty online service that allows users to choose a design of their choice. If you’re looking for something simpler, use a standard email. Attach an image from the birthday party to add an extra touch.
3) Photo. Polaroid cameras are back! Relatively inexpensive, they enable photos to be developed as they are taken. Use a polaroid camera to photograph each party guest. At the end of the party, pop the polaroid inside of the goodie bag, or give on its own. Use the polaroid boarder to write a thank you note. It’s a great momento from the day.
4) Goodie bags. Goodie bags are a lovely way to thank guests for attending the party. You definitely don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a great goodie bag. If unsure where to start, think about the theme of the party. For example, a clown nose, multi-coloured play-doh pot and a lollypop, will suit a clown party. Or for a fairy party, how about a pot of glitter, home-made wand and star-shaped lollies.
5) Hand-made. There’s nothing quite as special as a handmade gift. Team up with the birthday boy or girl, and make thank you gifts for each guest. Write a poem, design a funky photo frame, make homemade chocolates or draw a picture.
Saying thank you doesn’t take much, but it’s always appreciated. Show your party guests just how much you value them, and the time they took to celebrate the birthday boy or girl’s big day. It’s sure to warm their hearts all over again.
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Chilly temperatures, gusty winds, pouring rain. It’s not exactly desirable conditions for a birthday celebration, but for those of us who are winter babies, we don’t really have a choice! If you are planning a birthday party during the cooler months, here are few tips and tricks to make it an enjoyable day – no matter the weather.
Use winter in your theme
Winter can be a wonderful time of year and it’s an opportunity to really use the season to work in with the theme of the party. Winter is the perfect time for a ‘Frozen’ party! Invite Elsa along and play pin the nose on Olaf. Another idea is to transform a room into ‘Winter Magic’ – bring in fake snow, start-up the fire and toast marshmallows. Ask guests to dress up in beanies, scarves and their favourite winter jumper.
Get creative with indoor venues
Outdoor birthday parties during winter can be risky. Rain is more common and unpredictable. Avoid disappointing the birthday boy or girl, and their guests, and opt for an indoor venue. There are plenty of options such as, an ice-skating rink, ten-pin bowling centre, indoor laser tag, the cinema, an arts and craft studio, a cooking class, video games arcade or a sports centre.
Make your guests as comfortable as possible
If you decide to host a party at home, or hire a room, make sure your guests are comfortable. If it’s particularly cold, you may need to bring in additional heaters. Of course you won’t know until the day, so be prepared. Have a basket with blankets, scarves and beanies for extra back-up. Heat-proof the room and place wind-stoppers at the base of doors to stop a draught entering. If there are windows, close the curtains or blinds to retain the heat.
Delicious winter treats
Warm, yummy food is always going to win people over on a wintery day. Party pies, sausage rolls and mini-pizzas are crowd-pleasers. Cut up a mix of veggies into small pieces, and bake in the oven. Distribute the veggie bites into cups for a delicious ‘mini-roast’. For sweets, hot chocolate with marshmallows, pudding and oven-baked pies are sure to warm hearts and tummies.
Throwing a birthday party in winter doesn’t have to be a downer. It’s definitely possible to make it just as special and magical as a birthday held during the warmer months.
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What is it about ponies? Many girls (and boys) the world over adore ponies. They are also one of the latest crazes for children’s birthday parties. If you know someone who is a pony fan, they are sure to love a pony-themed party. If you don’t know where to start, don’t despair. There are lots of way you can bring the pony theme to life.
Ponies are often seen as enchanting and magical creatures, so think glitter and colour. My Little Pony is also a popular children’s TV series that is bright and fun. To decorate your pony party, opt for a rainbow of colours such as pink, blue, yellow and purple. Coloured streamers and balloons will work a treat. Bunch together coloured streamers to replicate pony tails and hang them around the room. Sprinkle glitter on tables and use rainbow-coloured plates and cups.
2 Pony rides
For something extra special, hire ponies for the day. There are several companies who will bring ponies to the party and facilitate rides for guests. Of course you will need to make sure you have the space to accommodate this. A large backyard will work well or if you’re hiring a venue, ensure you have cleared the idea with the venue manager.
For indoor events why not hire Mechanical Pony Rides. For more information have a look http://www.funrides.com.au
Keep the theme going with plenty of pony games. 'Pony, pony, unicorn' is a fun variation of the popular 'duck, duck goose.' Or play, 'Pin the tail on the Pony.' Or what about bobbing for apples, ponies need their snacks too!
Part of the appeal of ponies is that they are often seen as the perfect accompaniment for a princess. Why not invite a princess to attend the party! A performer will arrive in a perfect princess outfit and add that extra element of magic to the day. This buisness also offers pony entertainers, have a look! http://www.fairylalaland.com/
A rainbow cake is sure to have every guest oohing and ahhing! If you feel up to the challenge, you can bake a rainbow cake. Otherwise, there are plenty of suppliers who will be happy to create and sometimes even deliver a fantastic cake. Here is one very talented baker who has perfected the art of baking! https://web.facebook.com/CakeShack/
If you don’t have time to coordinate a party, don’t forget there are lots of options to have someone else take care of the day for you. http://www.fairylalaland.com/
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It’s amazing how a few decorations can transform a room. To make sure your child’s birthday party is bursting with festive fun, why not try these simple and low-cost ideas.
Instead of blowing up a packet of balloons and sticking them around the room, blow up balloons to different sizes and stick them on one wall to create a ‘feature wall’. The balloon wall will turn any room into the perfect place to celebrate. Use a mix of colours, or choose colours that work with the theme of the party. Another idea is to turn your balloons into other object such as ice-cream cones.
With some string or curling ribbon, paper and glue, you can make fabulous bunting. Using paper or cardboard, cut out a triangle. Use that as your template to cut out more triangles. Then, paste your triangles along the length of the string. Bunting looks great in any room. Hang it across one wall, or from one wall to another. For a special birthday touch, paste photos of the birthday boy or girl onto your triangles.
Instead of plain, standard placeholder cards, add a bit of fun to your table setting. Write the name of each guest on their wooden knife and fork. Or, take a polaroid of each guest as they arrive and place their photo on their plate. Another fun idea is to number the chairs at the table, then each guest pulls a number out of a hat to find out where they will be sitting.
4.The birthday wall
Using butchers paper, cover a large section of a wall. Provide a bucket of texters for the party-goers to draw, write and decorate the paper. Add a few extra craft pieces such as glitter, felt and scraps of material and invite guests to unleash their creativity. Once finished, take a photo of everyone in front of the birthday wall. Children will love being part of the fun and decorating the room.
5. Photo booth
Make your own photo booth. All you need is a box of props and a polaroid camera. The box can include dress-up items such as hats, glasses, wigs, clown’s nose – whatever you like! You can even make your own props. Throughout the day, remind party guests to visit the photo booth. On a piece of cardboard, paint a simple sign with: Photo Booth This Way, on it. If you take polaroids, you can give the photos to guests. Otherwise, you can email pictures along with a thank you after the party.
If you’re looking for something faster or even a bit extra, there are many decoration suppliers with a great range of choices. Here’s one of my favourite places to source decorations: http://www.lovetheoccasion.com.au
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Coming up with a guest list for any party can be a challenge. You don’t want to leave anyone out, but at the same time you can’t invite everyone. An old rule is, ask as many kids as your child's age, plus one. However, that isn’t always possible. So how can you pull the list together?
Start by considering the following:
1 Budget The birthday boy or girl might want to invite their entire class, but parties cost money. Think about your budget. If hiring a venue, how many people can the room accommodate? If you go over a certain number of guests, you will need a bigger room, which may cost more. Another cost to consider is the catering. Calculate the cost per head and the maximum amount you can afford to spend.
2 Venue The venue will play a big part in the number of guests you invite. If you’re hosting the party in your backyard, perhaps you can fit thirty children, but what happens if it rains? Can you accommodate the same thirty children inside your home? If hiring a venue, speak with the hiring manager about maximum numbers. Venues have capacity limits for safety reasons, this will help cap off the list.
3 Grown-upsAlways remember that children will be accompanied by grown-ups. If they are planning on staying for the party, this will double your number. Specify in the invitation if you would like guardians to stay or if you have it covered. Remember you will need a carer for every ten children who attend.
4 SiblingsSometimes unexpected guests may arrive at a party, such as the siblings of the guests. If you want to avoid this, add a note in the invitation explaining that unfortunately numbers are limited.
5 Relatives So, you have the final guest list. That is, until you remember you need to invite Cousin Harry and Aunt May, oh and what about Uncle Nigel! If simply can’t include more people, think about a separate event for relatives. It doesn’t have to be another party all over again, you could have a picnic in the park and ask everyone to bring a plate of food, or host a casual afternoon in the backyard.
Always remember the party is a celebration for the birthday boy or girl. Do your best to keep them involved in the process as much as possible and of course, have fun!
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DIY - fairy costume & accessories:
With a little bit of effort, some creativity and a sprinkle of fairy dust, you can create the ultimate fairy costume that won’t cost a fortune.
What you will need:
• Leotard, old dress, or skirt and singlet
• Good glue
• 1 piece of cardboard
• Tulle or scraps of material
• 2 coat-hangers
• 2 pairs of tights (any colour you like)
• Plastic or fabric headband
• Paper, pencils, textas for decorating
• Fake or real flowers (optional)
• The help of your soon-to-be fairy
To start with, you will need the base of the costume. This may be a dress, leotard or skirt and top. If you don’t have anything, you can purchase something fairly inexpensive from shops like Kmart or Target. You can also try op shops or charity stores. When it comes to colours there are no rules! If you have a tutu, these can work well. Otherwise, it’s easy to make a no-sew fairy tutu. Simply tie pieces of tulle (or any other material you like) to a belt or string and tie around the waist of your fairy. See how easy it is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5QO_OI1t70
A pair of wings will really add sparkle to any fairy costume. Using two coat-hangers, tie them together and cover withtights. The wings can be decorated with glitter, sew on fake flowers, sequins or glue-on diamantes for an extra touch.Learn how to do this here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB5iZ5B1Mhg
Headdress and accessories:
Using a headband, glue on fake flowers, glitter or bows. It’salso a chance to get the soon-to-be-fairy involved. On paper, draw an outline of a butterfly, stars or any other shape you like. Using paints, crayons, textas or pencils colour in. Once finished, cut out the shapes and glue onto the headband.
Wand: Every fairy needs a wand! You can purchase a thin rod of wood form a craft or hardware store. Or use a non-bendy straw, un-sharpened pencil or make a paper mâchéwand. Paint the wand whatever colour your fairy likes. For the star, use thick cardboard and cut out a star. Glue your star to the end of the wand and decorate with glitter, bows and paint. Looking for something different? Why not use a different shape for your wand rather than a star? How about a half-moon, triangle or rain-drop.
Simple flat shoes such as ballet pumps will finish off the outfit. Your fairy can wear tights in the cooler months. Remember there many types of fairies. Use your imagination and get creative.
No party is complete without party food! Providing delicious food that the kids will love will really add to the enjoyment of the day. If you’re in need of inspiration here are some ideas to get the party started!
Something to nibble on. It’s always a good idea to have some nibbles for when guests arrive. Go for easy to prepare and easy to eat snacks such as veggie sticks and dips. Cut up carrot, celery, capsicum and cucumber. Popular party dips include guacamole, salsa, hummus and a cheesy dip.
Something more. After a couple of games, your guests may have built up an appetite. Mini pizzas with a range of toppings are always crowd pleasers. Why not name the different pizzas within the theme of the party. A Hawaiian might become the ‘Pirates Loot’ and Supreme might be the ‘Birthday Boy Bonanza’.
Chicken and veggie skewers (or just veggie for vegetarians) can be prepared on the BBQ. If you’re up for the challenge, home-made sushi is a party favourite. It may take a few turns to learn how to roll sushi, but once mastered, use can get creative with a variety of fillings such as tuna, egg, chicken, beef and veggies.
Something sweet. The birthday cake is often the highlight of the party. How about using a superhero figurine to decorate the cake. Or a cake made out of ice-cream. If you want to try something a little different, go for cupcakes, slices or cookies.
Something for a treat. For a few extra goodies, fruit popsicles (fruit on sticks), jelly cups, popcorn, fairy bread and chocolate crackles are low-cost and easy to make.
Something for the grown-ups. Don’t forget about the grown-ups. Sandwiches and wraps with a variety of fillings will work well, and you can also serve them to the kids.
Remember to consider food allergies and any other dietary requirements. Ask the question on the invitation and have guests let you know when they R.S.V.P
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A birthday party venue can do a lot of things. It can set the mood, determine the theme and even the number of guests who attend. If you’re scratching your head, trying to figure out where to host your child’s party, these venues are sure to please:
1. Parramatta Park
A short walk from Parramatta and Westmead railway stations, Parramatta Park is a terrific venue. The 85-hectare parkland has everything from playgrounds to tea rooms. You can use the free BBQ facilities and sheltered picnic areas. Party guests will love being outdoors with plenty of space to run around. For parties with thirty-five guests and over, you will need to book. This can be done easily via the online system.
2. North Sydney Community Centre
The North Sydney Community Centre offers five large rooms of varying sizes. There is also an outdoor playground area for when the kids need fresh air. Room hire is reasonably priced starting at an hourly rate of $55 (minimum booking is three hours for most rooms). Rooms include tables, chairs, heating/fan and Wi-Fi connection. An indoor venue will mean the party can go ahead rain, hail or shine.
3. Centennial Park
Centennial Park is one of Sydney’s favourite meeting spots. The parklands offer unlimited picnic areas which can be used without booking. There are also 11 picnic spots which can be reserved if you want to make sure you have a space for the big day. There’s also bike riding, rollerblading, playgrounds and even horse riding on offer. Do be aware that Centennial Park is large! Be clear on the exact party location to avoid any lost guests.
4. Luna Park
Guests are sure to be grinning as they enter through the famous smiling face of Luna Park. This venue can host children’s birthday parties. Party packages include a party room, unlimited rides for each guest, food for kids and adults and a special appearance from themuch-loved characters, Lunabob and Lunabelle. Luna Park will always be a crowd pleaser and a stress-free option for the grown-ups.
Hosting a kid’s party at home can offer the opportunity to create an event exactly to the birthday boy or girl’s liking. You can get really creative with the space and your theme. Think about the kitchen for a cooking class party, the lounge can be turned into a cinema or what about tents in the backyard for a safari party!
If hiring a venue, be sure you have all the information you need. Ask about bond fees, times you can access the venue, parking options and a point of contact on the day for any emergencies. If hiring an entertainer or caterer also run this by the venue as they may require public liability cover or other paper work to be signed before the day.
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