SOME mums relish the up and coming birthday party. Others cringe when their child announces.

” I wanna party, a big party! Can I invite everyone in my class?!”

The sweat beads roll down the side of my forehead.

Either way, children’s birthdays will occur and the party will take place. I personally believe DO the party that you can manage. And remember these two words:

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My parties for 4-10 year olds usually equate to inviting a small number of children to our home. Ten, max, and the possibility of siblings too. This is relatively small. With games arranged and more backup games when they have run out.

Here are some simple tips to make The Party a success.

Contact big dinosaur cardboard footprints to the floor in the direction of your choosing. Whether it be towards the cake or in the entrance hall towards the party. Just wherever you have a surface that some homemade large footprints will stick.

Have a V.I.P homemade card that comes with the invitation.

Have tea and coffee ready. For parents that will stay.

Milkarrow root biscuits for any younger siblings on a mums hip. Also these biscuits make a great party activity. Spread with frosting and allow the kids to decorate with lollies

Make your own pizza is always a hit! Use breakfast muffin. Children can spread on sauce. Sprinkle on cheese.  Add other ingredients, then cook and eat

Have music playing,  as this makes a great atmosphere. Especially when kids arrive and hear their favourite singer/band.

Themes are a great way to get into the spirit of the party. Colour theme. Disney or Pirate theme.

Have a black marker ready to put names on plastic cups, for refills.

Games like musical chairs, pass the parcel and pin the tail on the donkey are classics. If the children are chomping at the bit, try these.

Musical statues is an oldie but goodie – when music stops the aim is to be still as possible. Or you’re out.

Throw dice and a child who throws a six has to put on dress up clothes like dads buttoned shirt, big work boots, Mums scarf on top of their clothes. When another six is thrown, another child starts dressing. If someone is fully dressed, they win.

Of course straight out dancing is fun.

Jelly cups ready in the fridge with whipped cream on top is a great way to get everyone to stop and sit to have something to eat. Nice weather is always a bonus. Sit outdoors with jelly to avoid mess!

The important detail of the party is time. Put a time on the invitation. From: time and To: time.  Allow enough time for games, food, cake time. And then they leave.

 Party bags for the end of occasion is always a favourite.

Ultimately there will be mess, there will be the unexpected, like the dog eating unsupervised jelly parfaits outside.  Or a child  falls off a seat in musical chairs.  But it IS a kids party and it does not come with a money back guarantee. Nor a warranty that the dress up game’s shirt will still have all the buttons it started with.

And Finally, have fun or at least fake it!









  • We don’t plan on doing a party for every birthday so when we do have a party we go big.


  • I’m in the I LOVE parties group! I actually planned out my daughters 6th bday party before she had her 5th! I love the surprise on the kids faces when they wake up and see the decorations. And I love the excitement from all the kids when someone arrives. We tend to be more, go with the flow, at this age. I used to plan games but the kids just wanted to play their own thing so we let them lead


  • We love parties!! As long as the kids are having fun that’s the main part


  • I do like birthday parties.


  • Organising the Birthday Parties is probably my favourite part of being a parent. We have done a few themes – teddy bears, fairy, pink, forest, possum, and then we have also done them at the beach, fairy park, local park in the evening, drive ins. They are always soooooo much fun.


  • Great tips, it doesn’t have to be a big production! Also keep an eye out for groupon deals. We got a build a bear deal for $75 for 7 kids, it’s off site – we don’t have to clean, the kids have a novelty 45 mins play and build a bear. They get a cupcake to take home – done!


  • Yes I’ve thrown these type of parties with egg runs and apple bobbing and musical statute etc. The best parties I’ve organised were at a playground and whole classes with parents and siblings coming. The only thing I organised was food & drinks and that’s not so hard.


  • Throwing a party at home really doesn’t need to be an expensive exercise. Simple finger foods are normally a hit


  • I hate trying to theme a Party.

    • Sometimes No theme is easier!
      Isn’t it.
      “Come and celebrate the birthday!”
      Is the main point.
      Kids love dressing up for anything, so even in invitation saying:
      “Dress up!” Is easy.
      We never had party bag stress when I was a child. If you won the pass the parcel then bonus! Now kids leave with more gifts than the birthday boy/girl.


  • Thanks for all the great suggestions!


  • I always cringe initially and then get into the spirit of the event and enjoy it.


  • My kids have a party every year, from cheap and easy to a bit over the top. Depends on the year. I love the planning etc with them as the time nears.


  • Lots of great tips here to make any kids party a success. I have to admit,I’m one of those mums that cringes when my kids say I want a party!


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