Here is a simple checklist to make sure everything goes well for your son/daughter's birthday party:
1. List of invited guests. I always find it useful to run a list of invited kids to track replies, goodie bags, etc. Make it clear in your invitation, if siblings are welcome or you prefer to limit the number of guests (if your party’s venue has constraints, guests would understand as soon as you put it politely). I always ask in the invitation to confirm if a guest is coming with a little brother or sister so I have plenty of goodie bags and don’t have to run last minute to find a spare chair. So your option is either to use
Kindergifts - a new free online party invitation service, which allows you not only to invite guests but also (a) invite guests to contribute towards one meaningful gift your child chooses; and (b) support a charity of your family's choice.
2. Theme for the party & decorations: Your child probably will tell you exactly what s/he would love the party to be about. However, in case you need some inspiration, have a look at the parties we run at the club over the last few years, here. We have much more inspiration on our Facebook page too.
Check list for what to order as a party decoration:
foil balloons (number for age and a character) and balloon weights;
latex balloons and ribbons to match,
plates (main and cake), spoons (cake) & forks (if hot food), cups, napkins, straws;
table confetti and table cover;
scene setters, cut-outs, banners (you can do personalised);
garlands and hanging decorations;
3. Entertainment: there is a wide range available in London, but here are more general suggestions by age:
1-2 yrs old: you easily can keep your guests happy with some toys, music and some soft play. If you want to hire some entertainment, I found that for this age live music with rhymes or a puppet show is a good option;
3-4 yrs old: music and rhymes still work well with some simple games and story improvisation; you can also try live farm animals show or art/craft activities;
5-6 yrs old: games, magician, live animals (predators or farm), sport activities, cooking or cupcake decoration, cinema, t-shirt print making, science party;
7-9 yrs old: as above plus make up & dressing up with fashion show, military/spy operation/training, guided tours to stadiums, museums (with some activities afterwards), bus party, laser tags, go karting race.
Extra touch: bouncy castle, facepainter, balloon makers, photographer, mascot visits for special guests (i.e. Peppa Pig).
4. Food for kids and adults: We always suggest to go for simple food kids love. Pizza or pasta, some fruit and vegetable, apple juice and water are easy and always work. I always believe it is nice touch to offer some food and drinks for adults. We usually go for some tea/coffees with pastries for a morning party, prosecco/wine/beer with some finger food for the afternoon.
5. Cake: The main choice usually is among 3D cake, a flat cake (you can have an edible photo) or cupcakes. Good bakeries can make you a cake from a photo you find on the internet for your theme. We are using few places if you need an advice – let us know (info@3HouseClub.com).
6. Goodie bags. We always go for a nice book (on the party theme), a small toy and one sweet for older children. Lollies or Haribo will do or you can do for a nicer treats thematic based (e.g. check Waitrose or M&S for Frozen or Peppa chocolate lollies).
7. Venue: The venue choice depends on your entertainment, number of guests, parking, public transport access as well as if you want all to be organised for you or your prefer to do it yourself.
We will be happy for your to give us a call if you have any questions and there are more FAQ about our parties here.
We love parties and we always try our best for the parents and children to have the most stress-free and fun memorable experience at 3 House Club. It is a party afterall!