Themed partyware, special food boxes, themed food, decorations, helium balloons and those all important “Goodie-loot-party bags” don’t come cheap! When it comes to holding a child’s birthday party at home, you better be inventive or dig deep!
During my son’s early years I began to dread the birthday party. Everyone else asked everyone in the school class to their parties and I wasn’t going to get away with anything less. To have up to thirty 6-year-olds marauding through your home on a Saturday afternoon (if it’s too cold for the garden) felt a nightmare in the making.
Just remember, on the whole, no child wants to receive an educational present. They’re rare if they do. If they’re received, best to keep them in a cupboard for re-gifting. Great gifts include a DVD, CD, video game, book, football, sewing kit, voucher for the cinema, doll or action hero figure, depending on their age of course.
On one occasion, I can remember my son requesting a football party with a Barbie doll cake. I thought it odd at the time, but now I look back I can see he was just running true to form. Everything had to match – the paper plates, drink cups, napkins and table cloths.
The goodie/loot party bags were stuffed full of items such as fun pens, sweets, piece of cake, hats, blowers, whistles and anything I could get from the local party shop. These days you’ll find everything you need online and the choice is much better. Why not do yourself a favour and buy in bulk, you’ll need at least ten year’s worth!