There are a wide range of options available for kid’s parties nowadays. Deciding which is the best option for you depends on how much you want to spend and how much hassle you are prepared to take. Here are just a few ideas with a few hints and tips to make life a little easier!
Having Your Party at Home
If you have the room, patience, and a lot of time, hosting your party at home can be great fun and very satisfying. The thing you must do is take the time to prepare beforehand.
Plan the games you want to play and make sure you have all the ‘props’ / equipment ready. This includes wrapping up the pass – the – parcel with lots and lots of layers of wrapping paper!
Make sure you have prizes suitable for boys and girls for each game, including a few spare prized in case you have to fill time by having a few extra games you never planned on, or for if there is a draw!
Have a time sheet / agenda so you know what is supposed to be happening every minute and stick to it!
Make sure all the party food is prepared well before you little guests arrive. It’s no good trying to cook pizza and sausage rolls whilst you are also single handedley running the party as you are bound to forget them and leave them for too long in the oven.
Get your kids party bags ready before hand and have them ready to hand out at the end of your party. It’s a good idea to have a couple of spare too as you never know when a sibling of one of your guests will end up staying for the whole party and you’ll be left without a party bag for them at the end.
If you can give out your party bags for children just as they are leaving, it is unlikely that they will open the bag at your house. This means that you don’t have to worry about what is in them so much! What is fun for children may not be fun for your carpets or furniture. Stretchy putty may be fine with one supervised child in their own home but get 20 children with it in your house and you’ll be picking it out of the carpet and sofa for month ahead.
Have your Party at a Venue
This is the easiest, but probably the most expensive option, especially if you want to invite lots of children, but holding your party in one of those children’s play warehouses or laser zones is great fun for the kids. The kids are usually supervised by staff at these type of venues so for you, it’s just a case of grab a coffee, sit back and watch it all happen. These venues often offer to sell you party bags as part of the package but be warned they are not always up to much and you may want to do your own kids party bags.
Children judge a party by what is in the bag and, as sad as it sounds, so do the other parents. At Cocoon Party we try to offer a variety of party bags for children at a range of prices to suit everybodys budget. We also offer the opportunity to create your own party bags so you can choose exactly what items are in the bag as well as the colour. Our party bags for children make a great way of saying thank you for coming to my party as you can add an individual little thank you message on a personalised tag for only and extra 20p. It is these personal touches you don’t get when you just opt to buy the kids party bags supplied by the venue.
Party at Home with Entertainment Bought In!
This can be fun but does require a little space for either you magician, clown or entertainer to work in front of the children with them all sitting down. A great idea we heard of was a lady who had an animal party (recommended only for the brave!). A man turned up in a zebra printed van with an assortment of animals, reptiles, insects, snakes and birds in cages which were all unloaded into the house. All the children sat round while the man got each animal out and talked to the children about it. He was very engaging with the kids and they learnt a lot about the creatures and then they were passed round so the children could actually handle them in a supervised manner. For this party the lady wanted to give out kids party bags that were themed to animals, so we made up some great bags with our funky coloured sand animal in them.
It’s a great idea to try and match your party bags for children to the theme of the party if you can. If you are having a boys party and you choose a pirate theme we have a great party bags called ‘pirate party’ or if you are doing a football party we have a party bag called ‘football’ to match the theme.
For the girls who love princess or fairies and you are holding a princess party why not buy our ‘Star Style’ or ‘All about Me’ party bags that have fairy and princess activity sticker books in them. If you are having a girly pamper party they would love the ‘Party Sparkle’ or the ‘Sweet Kitty Party Bag’. As you can make up party bags and choose your contents we have lots of girlie items to choose from. Feather boas, fluffy dolphin pens, lip gloss, love heart sweets are extremely popular with the girls and of course for the boys we have noisy putty, whoopee cushions, parachute soldiers, army vehicles and pop up monsters – all good fun!
Even the toddlers are catered for at Cocoon Party. The under 3’s don’t get left out just because the contents of most of the bags are unsuitable for that age group. We have bags to suit even the youngest party goer with ‘Cuddly Tales’ or ‘Animal Magic’.