Tuesday, 9 October 2012

The Ultimate Kid's Birthday PARTY !

Finally !

I don't know about you but even after doing kids' birthday parties for 18 yrs , the very words stress me. 

Recently my friend and I were discussing her twin boys' upcoming 6th birthday. She was asking for my expert opinions how to make it a success and as simple as possible ? 

I was glad I wasn't alone in my feelings of overwhelming inadequacy !
I said your asking the wrong person !

Though I've certainly picked up quite a few tips and tricks in the organisation of my sons' birthday parties and in delivering my eldest for attendance at countless other raucous birthday events. My eldest being an only child for 13 yrs had yearly birthday parties.

My own little lads started planning their raucous 6th birthday party with plans to invite a infinite number of 5yr- 6yr olds within days of starting school {80 kindergarteners}. I trembled every time a new friend or three was added to the list. I was filled with absolute fear at the birthday party monster they were creating.

Each day my head spinning off it's axis their heads filled with yet more requirements for their own party, 10 different birthday cakes, 20 different foods and 1000 lollies , jumping castles or a pool party {in July} . 

My experience ; I knew that throwing a party for my 'child' (twins now) and a few closest
friends ensured a far more enjoyable experience for me all involved. Yet, dare I cause a classroom war meltdown ? 

Life had other ideas.Thankfully, or really with some disappointment, before the first invite was officially issued.

Their birthday was 6 days after I was discharged from hospital for my surgery and in the July school holidays to boot. I'd originally planned for it to be when school resumed. Plans were cancelled : ( 

Instead , they settled for an impromptu backyard party {at my brother's} with a few friends from our old church & playgroup, their cousins , balloons , the trampoline and a Skylander's cake. They had a ball anyway.

It was awkward recently when only one of my twins, S {though both are in same kindy class} was invited to a backyard birthday.I asked twitter for advice and they said to let the
mum know. 

I did, on the last day to RSVP - she didn't know they were twins and had strictly limited her son's invitees. She said it was OK - J could come because she had kids who couldn't come. 
In the end only 3 of 8 kids invited were there. I didn't get to see how organised or stressed she was take them because I was in hospital {an overnight visit}, my sister-in-law dropped them off and picked them up.

The answer to planning your next birthday party ?

The ultimate Australian guide to kids’ birthday parties !

Oh Yes, we chorus ! 

Parties can be fun, exciting and joyous...

with the right planning, and by breaking the day down into smaller, manageable 

components, you can give a professional party planner a run for their money. 

In this book, you’ll find all the hints, tips and ideas you’ll ever need to throw the kind of children’s birthday party that will be remembered for years to come.

Ten fully illustrated party themes include
fairy princess, outer space, dinosaurs, cars & trucks, the zoo, craft,
cooking, popstars and more.

 The book is full of ideas and step-by-step instructions for amazing decorations, food (both sweet and savoury, and including the all-important cake), costumes, invitations and games to play, Party! will help you create the best-ever party for your child’s next birthday
(with as little stress as possible!)

Now before I turn into one of those intensely annoying mums who puts a ridiculous amount of pressure on themselves (or you) to throw the perfect party I'll go make a cup of tea and come visit your blog.

What do you love or hate about birthday parties ?

PS : I love this book and it really is brilliant. I can sit back knowing I have 8 months to plan for their 7th birthday which they are planning , already, too.

The Ultimate Kids’ Birthday Party Book
1 October 2012
RRP $24.99/Paperback

I received a copy for review purposes only.This is not a sponsored post - all opinions are my own.