Being aware of the environment is important and an eco-birthday can be educational as well as exciting, colourful and memorable. Start by going paperless with the invitations – use an e-invite instead. You might even get a timelier RSVP and they won’t get lost in homework folders either! Use fresh produce for the party food and recycled or reusable plates, cups and cutlery to convey an important message. For a ‘green’ party game, try putting natural or recyclable objects in a box with a hole cut in it. The kids can only use their hands to guess what is in there – slip in an unusual item or two! Kill two birds with one stone and have the guests take part in a sustainable craft activity, with each child taking home their own masterpiece. There are lots of nature education centres around too if you don’t want to host the party at home. Check your regional council website for information.
There are so many options with this one. Painting parties are great and let the partygoers create and take home a memento. Check out dollar stores for cheap ready-to-paint items such as mugs and models. Load the table with squeezy bottles of paint, glitter and other craft bits and pieces. If your kids like to get extra messy, clay is a great addition. It can also help to calm a party buzz down while kids focus on their creation. Check out Pinterest for some great, easy clay creations beforehand so you can guide their creativeness if needed. You could also get your kids to make the invites to help set the theme.
Get the kids to dress up as a pirate and include some p-aaaar!-ty games such as walking the plank (lie a plank on the grass) and a treasure hunt. You could incorporate the treasure hunt with a game of pass the parcel – make each layer a clue so each party guest gets the next clue. Check out this Pinterest page for some great party food ideas. We love the treasure map pizza and chocolate sea scrolls. And make sure all attending parents speak like a pirate during the party to set the scene!
Whether your kids like farm animals or the slightly wilder variety, guests are sure to have fun at an animal-themed party. How about a horse-themed party with hobby horse making (see here) followed by a horse race to the finish line? Or an African animal themed party with fierce lions and timid gazelles and games of tag? You could also book an animal experience such as a visiting petting zoo (White Ridge Farm has one). If snakes and crocodiles are more your child’s thing, check out Geckoes Wildlife – they offer a fantastic wildlife experience that the kids will talk about for ages!
Have the guests dress up as a movie character and have your child’s favourite film playing in the background (you can have it on mute when you get down to playing the party games so it’s not so distracting). Try a game of guess the movie with clips you have compiled from YouTube, or music soundbites from your collection. Have plenty of popcorn on hand and get the kids to decorate their own clapperboards for a unique party memento (paint thin wood with blackboard paint before the party and provide guests with chalk or white paint to add their finishing touches).
This one is easy to suggest but a bit harder to make special. Try putting fairy dust (glitter) in balloons to add some extra sparkle to the decorations and make the invitation a fairy mask to colour in and bring along. Have a game of pin the wand on the fairy and dance like a princess to musical statues. For party food, think butterfly cakes and fairy bread. You could even set the table for a simple high tea with cupcakes, finger sandwiches and pink lemonade. Get everyone to dress up too.
If you are having a themed party, how about getting a great costume for your child (or yourself!) to help them stand out? Head to Katrina’s Costumes and choose from the amazing selection of costumes for hire starting from $25. Costumes include fairies, Disney princesses, pirates, animals, superheroes, witches, vegetables(!) and more.
Flim Flams is your one-stop shop for balloons for your big day, with balloon bouquets and a balloon design and set-up service. They also offer costume and equipment hire and party supplies such as decorations, gift bags and photo booth props.
Head to Food and Party World and tick party food off of your to do list. They offer a great selection of party food including the favourites such as sausage rolls and pizza, bulk packs to make catering for a crowd easier, and even desserts. Grab your plates and napkins there while you are at it.