DIY Birthday Parties

November 19



Your child's birthday party is definitely one of the highlights of their year.  Nowadays the choice is endless so here are a few ideas for a DIY birthday party!


If you have the space and time, a party at home can be so much fun. For autumn birthdays how about a bonfire party in the garden. Toasting marshmallows on the fire is magical and you can make hot chocolate and cook sausages on it too.  You could even build a guy to burn! Get some old clothes and encourage the children to get stuffing with straw and newspaper and use an old pair of tights for the head. Top with a hat! Try building marshmallow towers - split into teams and give each a packet of marshmallows and spaghetti and see who can build the tallest tower. They will have fun eating it too!  You cannot fail with a list of good games - apple dunking, wink murder and blind tasting are our favourites.  Treasure hunts are a brilliant way to wear children out.  Older children might enjoy exploring your village or your surrounding area whilst young ones will be safe in the garden.  We once had an egg hunt around our church yard, there are probably still eggs there! Why not hire a bouncy castle or slide for the party, indoors or outdoors - job done!


As a costume business, our favourite theme would be The Mad Hatter's Tea Party! This works inside or out, dress your table with a lovely cloth (paper ideal for mess), china (not your finest!) and heap stands with delicious cakes, treats and sandwiches.  Decorate the room/trees with bunting, simple but so effective.  Fill your teapots with yummy milkshakes and get the parents to dress up and serve! Have a dressing up box, create a photo booth and capture the fun!


For Spring birthdays there is the Easter theme!  Egg hunts, egg and spoon races, egg tossing, decorating Easter bonnets and making pom-pom chicks.  One year we all had wellies and went tad poling in the village stream (I wouldn't recommend that one!).


In the summer, enjoy the open spaces and head to a park or beauty spot.   Take a gorgeous picnic and organise some games...wheelbarrow racing, British bulldogs or good old footy! Try den making in a local wood or build an obstacle/sports course in the garden and get some medals for a mini Olympics!  


Maybe 2020 is your year to get creative and try running your own party.  Alternatively, get in the professionals and pour yourself a large drink! Good luck!


The Costume Company 01799 551182

Calamity Clown, Party Entertainer 07980 570466

Cakeaholics 07964672507


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