Things I Know About Birthday Parties

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It’s birthday season – everywhere I turn someone is having a birthday or party. We went to one last week, have two this weekend (including Matilda Bear’s!) and another next weekend.

Every second post I have read recently has also been centred on birthdays and how to throw the  perfect party – so it’s clearly birthday season in the blogosphere as well!

Alas, as I know I am not at all creative or inspired or energetic, this is not going to be one of those gorgeously photographed posts about an amazingly themed and well thought out party.

Instead, this is what I know about throwing a birthday party when you’re both time and cash poor…

1. Have the party at a park. We are going to a local park with a bike track for the kids to go nuts on and are hoping for fine weather and heaps of fun. This way, the kids don’t have to be constantly entertained and it achieves my real goal of helping my daughter make more meaningful friends with her peers.

2. It is okay to buy supplies at discount shops. I bought all our plates, cups, bowls, cutlery, serviettes and loot bag supplies from Go-Lo. We have green and pink as party colours and everything fits in that colour scheme. In the end it is all disposable and I bet the kids won’t even notice the colour of their plate or cup when they’re enjoying the cake…

3. You don’t have to put on a fancy lunch. We have invited Matilda’s friends for a morning tea gathering at 10am which means we don’t have to worry about feeding lots of people at lunch-time. My mother-in-law (she’s a treasure!) is baking some lovely things for morning tea while I (who is baking challenged – I even managed to burn the edges of the brownies Matilda took to school today!) am in charge of the fruit platter, fairy bread and nibblies.

4. It’s all about having fun. I have held parties before that have been meticulously prepared for and I have spent my whole time running about making sure everything was perfect and not actually enjoying myself. I will still be hovering tomorrow making sure everyone does get something to eat and that each child gets a loot bag, but I am hoping that I will also have time to relax a bit and talk to the other parents.

I just hope Matilda has a great time – she’s the one who really wanted the party and considering all the difficulties she’s had this year adjusting to school I hope it helps her become more comfortable with her classmates. I know she’s certainly very, very excited!

Joining in with Shae from Yay for Home for Things I Know – what do you know this week?

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18 Responses

  1. Sara says:

    Sosi might be turning 4 in 7 weeks (she reckons 3 is such a great age she wants to be 3 forever, so we might end up having another 3rd birthday party :lol:), and I totally agree with you: party in the park is the way! Playground equipment, tables, bbq, trees and no need to decorate etc, total winner!

    I’ve had those parties too, where I’m doing so much stuff I don’t have 2 minutes of fun…

    Happy birthday to the lovely Matilda 🙂
    Sara recently posted..Things I know about our first family holiday (little kids included)

    • Kirsty says:

      3 is a great age, I can understand Sosi wanting to delay turning 4 for a bit longer!

      I just love the fact that Matilda’s favourite number changes with each birthday – at the moment her fav number is 5 but on Sunday it will be 6…the logic of children!

  2. Mine is probably one of those posts. And I have another two birthdays to go yet! Sheesh! Great tips though. I think in the end, if the birthday girl/boy doesn’t enjoy themselves – along with the parents – what’s the point! 🙂
    Kellie @ Three Li’l Princesses recently posted..Launching My Tasmanian Backyard series

    • Kirsty says:

      Kel, don’t get me wrong I love reading these posts it’s just I’m never going to be able to go to all that effort – basically I’m just trying to justify my own laziness!!!

      But seriously, it doesn’t all have to be planned like a military operation – sometimes kids are just happy having a run around together and having fun and enjoying cake – well, I hope that’s how it goes tomorrow!!! Good luck with your upcoming parties – sheesh indeed!

  3. This is great advice. It is lots of fun to put heaps of effort into a party but really the kids don’t care they just want lollies, cake and friends. We did the morning tea in the park for my eldest’s 2nd Birthday and it worked so well. Thanks for this post

    • Kirsty says:

      Lisa, sometimes I would love to go to all the effort of the big fancy party but I know my kids are just as happy with something a little more informal. And that suits me just fine! Glad your eldest’s 2nd party turned out well, fingers crossed my Matilda’s will go well too!

  4. Jayne says:

    I’ve done the park birthday party before – they actually do work really well.

    I love the idea of the themed birthday party – they all look so stunning – but I’m afraid they’re just not within my capabilities.
    Jayne recently posted..Things I know – work, rest and play

    • Kirsty says:

      Jayne, that’s exactly how I feel. I love the idea of going to town and doing the whole thing with custom-made cake and decorations but I am not creative or motivated or really capable of it…

      So it’s to the park for us this weekend and we’re all really looking forward to it!

  5. Caz says:

    October is my families birthday madness month too. My Mum, My Brother, SIL and me within a few weeks. Lucky thou – no kids parties this month for me :O)
    Caz recently posted..THINGS I KNOW

  6. TrISh says:

    I so agree with you. Birthday party stress is unnecessary.
    TrISh recently posted..Things I know – I’ m getting off the naughty list & a Christmas giveaway

  7. Grace says:

    So true about buying party supplies at a discount shop. I did it the expensive way for the twinlets 1st birthday…never again !
    Have a fabulous time !!!
    Grace recently posted..Things I Know…About Timing

  8. nellbe says:

    oh I agree, keep it simple and kids don’t care what cups and plates your use. I am going against the grain and October is a quiet birthday month around our way. Isn’t that funny? December though… different story!
    nellbe recently posted..Things I Know

    • Kirsty says:

      As long as there’s food and cake I think the kids would be happy with anything! Oh, I feel for you about December birthdays and christmas – save up your strength for that!

  9. I love these tips! I am convinced I am not cut out for big effort around birthday party creativity. It’s just not something that comes naturally to me and I am stuck for time working full time.

    • Kirsty says:

      Jodie, I think it’s important to know that it’s okay to not to have to go to all that trouble, especially if you don’t have the money or the time. As long as the kids have fun, spend time with their friends and get some of that all important birthday cake I honestly don’t think they care if it’s fantastically themed or not. My kids certainly enjoyed themselves at the park yesterday!

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