Children's Birthday Party Guidebook
MY BAKER know that parents strive, from their children’s very first birthday onwards, to make each year older feel even more significant and magical than the last.
However, with so many essential party details to remember and your children’s friends to keep fed and entertained, for at least 2 hours, it can begin to feel an overwhelming task to undertake. Without the right planning in place, the costs can soon accumulate and important details can be forgotten. Turning what was supposed to be a day spent celebrating into a stressful affair- but it doesn’t need to be!
That’s why MY BAKER have created a guidebook containing all the important elements you will want to consider when planning your child's birthday party. We have options for all budgets. Whether you’re trying to spend no more than £300 or you want to indulge in something a little extra for the big day. We have extravagant party venues and lavish additions because it’s only their birthday once a year after all.
So, from the invites to them making a wish and blowing out the candles on their birthday cake, MY BAKER has got you covered. We’re sure, with our help, you can achieve a party they’ll never forget!
First and foremost, the invitation. This gives your potential party-goers all the crucial details they will need for your child’s upcoming big day.
We know schedules can soon fill up with other parties, clubs and holidays so to avoid disappointment we advise that invites should usually be sent out a month in advance.
Then comes the task of thinking of who to invite. From a handful of best friends to your child’s whole class, there’s no doubt it will be a great occasion. It’s just important to find the balance between inviting an amount you feel comfortable with and making sure no one feels excluded.
Just don’t forget to consider that you might acquire some extra guests. Parents often like to stay and will even bring siblings along too. This will affect the party supplies and of course the cake size so be sure to factor this in!
The invite itself doesn’t need to be costly. Some venues even have template invitations included in the hire price that are available to print out from their websites. If that doesn’t sound quite personal enough then keep reading to see our two favourite alternative invites!
If the idea of having to physically print out your invites is sounding a little medieval and an excessive use of printer ink you could always look to send an e-invitation. Paperless Post is renowned for its fantastic designs and easy to use platform. Simply upload your contact list and email addresses, design your own card and send them out electronically. It’s as easy as that!
Plus, unlike physical invites, you can actually keep track of the delivery status and even see if they’ve been opened yet. This is great if you’re inviting lots of guests and need to keep track of who has and hasn’t seen or responded yet.
The DIY Invite
Another affordable option, for the upcoming occasion, could be choosing to get creative with paints and glitter. You could make them together with your children as a fun activity that will ensure you’re both getting in the party spirit, ready for the special day!
But, before you let your children loose on the felt tip pens and PVA glue it’s important to have an idea of what you are hoping to create. This will minimise the mess (somewhat) and ensure the arts and crafts supplies aren’t wasted.
If you are however feeling a little lacking in the creative department we suggest drawing inspiration from Danya Banya. Her easy to make birthday party invites tutorial, inspired by flowers, provides a concept that can be altered and customised to suit your own theme. All you will need is some paper plates, paints and your child’s imagination!
With any luck your little one’s masterpiece will take pride of place on the fridges of all the invited attendees, reminding them to save the date!
The Pop-Up Invite
If you are willing to spend a little more on the invites MY BAKER suggest exploring the Inkspireve page on Etsy.
It’s home to an incredible selection of pop-up invitations featuring countless children’s favourites, including Thomas the Tank Engine and Peppa Pig. With prices for these quirky invites ranging from £1.56 to £3.13 each, not to mention there’s free shipping included! This invite is unlike any other and is sure to have your party guests feeling thoroughly excited for your child’s upcoming birthday!
The next step, after having selected the ever-important party invite design, is making sure you have all the relevant details listed on your invitations. To help, MY BAKER have comprised a useful list of things you won’t want to forget:
- Your child’s full name– It sounds obvious but this is a really easy way to avoid confusion if other friends share the same name.
- The date and time of your party– be sure to include start and finish time for the parents that aren’t staying so they know when to drop and collect their children. Bearing in mind that the average party lasts for around 2 hours.
- The venue- If your party isn’t going to be held at home try to book a venue as soon as possible and include as much information as you can. You could even have a map showing the venues location to avoid parents getting lost!If you’re still unsure of where to host your birthday party keep reading to see MY BAKER'S selection of best children’s party locations in London.
- RSVP- It’s a good idea to leave a phone number and email so guests can contact you and confirm their attendance.
With invites sent and crossed off the never-ending birthday list of jobs to do, the countdown to the big day can officially begin!
The venue is one of the fundamental elements to consider when party planning. It’s the basis for ensuring you have a successful birthday party and can even dictate how the days activities will be spent. It should therefore be booked as soon as possible, as many venues calendars soon fill up and you don’t want to be left struggling to find somewhere to host the big day.
While there’s no disputing that having a birthday party at home has its benefits, from saving money to creating a homelier feel, it also has its drawbacks. Parties at home run the risk of damage. There’s normally always a struggle for parking and most importantly you’ll be left with all the clearing up!
If the impending doom of the washing up pile doesn’t appeal you could always investigate having your party in a different location. Your local churches and halls are often available to hire and these spaces can act as the perfect blank canvas. They can be completely transformed through the use of clever décor and a little imagination!
However, if that isn’t a viable option don’t worry! MY BAKER have compiled a comprehensive list of some of the best children’s party spots on offer in London. For those that aren’t London based we hope this list provides some inspiration for the various places you could spend your child’s special day. From fun outdoors to soft play centres, the possibilities for a great birthday party venue are endless!
Little Dinosaurs, Alexandra Park
Little Dinosaurs is an indoor play centre that’s home to a lovely enclosed garden, that allows the children to play while you’re free to chat and enjoy the occasion with friends and family. Whether you’re sitting inside or on the shaded veranda enjoying the sunshine you’re sure to be having fun!
Their party package includes sole use of the Dinosaur Party area for 2 hours or you could have an exclusive hire of the whole venue! Party invitations and the arrival of snacks, including fresh fruit and Pom bear crisps, are also included. Not forgetting the homemade dinosaur sandwiches, margarita pizza, ice cream & sprinkles and unlimited jugs of squash! With prices available on request, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with dates and attach a contact number. They will send you options & prices as soon as possible and always within 48 hours. A great option that’s definitely worth checking out!
Ding Dong Fun Bus, Tottenham
Ding Dong Fun Bus is a family run centre where children can enjoy the soft play area or roam the incredible double decker bus!
Included in the Soft Play Birthday Party Package, at just £12.50 per child for a 2-hour session (minimum 8 and maximum 25 children), is 1-hour of enjoyment at the soft play frame, 1 hour partying in the upper deck of the bus and lots of entertainment! Not to mention the food is included, with a selection of chicken nuggets, chicken burgers, beef burgers and fish fingers all of which are served with a generous portion of chips.
This is a great option if you want to encourage parents to stay as they have an outdoor cooking facility. For an additional £55.00 you can have your own BBQ, while watching your children celebrating!
Islington Ecology Centre, Arsenal
An extremely popular indoor/outdoor Ecology Centre surrounded by a natural reserve with an array of educational facilities like a wind turbine pond with an adjoining secured watching area.
For children’s parties the centre can be hired for £32.50 per hour. They have 3 hour, 3.5 hour and 4 hour slots that people can hire at weekends. The cost for an 8 hour day is £225.00. Accommodating up to 80 people with the tables, chairs and use of the fully functioning kitchen included in the hire price.
This is a great party option for those wanting the freedom of the great outdoors and a large space you can really make your own.
The Ice Rink, Alexandra Palace
Treat the kids to a birthday party they will never forget with Ice Skating at the Palace! They have birthday parties available every Saturday & Sunday at: 11.30, 12:00, 14.00 and 14.30. Priced at £17.50 per child, with a minimum of 10 children and a maximum of 25. This is great for those aged 6-12 years and included within that price is an hour on the ice and a tasty meal in their Ice Cafe. Your party host will lead a 15 minute games and safety session in a coned off area of the ice, followed by skating on the public session before a hot meal of your choice. Not to mention the accompanying parents skate for free, making this a fantastic option for all!
North East London
Gymboree Play and Music, Tower Hamlets
At Gymboree Play & Music they turn your child’s passion into an unforgettable celebration of fun! All you have to do is let them know your child’s favourite games, songs and activities and they’ll create a custom made party you can call your own.
With a wide range of party options available, including Play, Music and Art. They specialise in parties for 1st birthdays right through to 5th and are available to everyone! They can elaborate on pricing and availability once contacted.
V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
The Museum of Childhood has a private room available to hire for kids parties and you can book additional entertainment too! Available on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10am to 1pm or 2:30pm to 5:30pm. With two rooms available, one for 3 hours at £140 or the room with toddler activity included for £260. The party room accommodates up to 35 people total (maximum 15 children if booked with an activity).The Museum Gardens is right next door too, meaning you can have some fun outdoors exploring enjoying the sunshine.
A great option to spend your celebrations surrounded by the nostalgia of childhood-related objects and artefacts, spanning the 1600s to the present day!
Half Moon Theatre, Tower Hamlets
What better way to celebrate a birthday than with a party package that includes tickets for a show of your choice at The Half Moon Theatre!
Following the show your party crew will have access to the Upper Studio to continue your celebration. They provide tables, chairs, cushions, a CD player or an iPod Dock, and reusable plastic cups and plates. Allowing you to bring your own food and decorations to create a party that’s completely bespoke to you!
Their Party package is available on Saturdays and your hire will be from 2pm – 4.30pm. The package costs £100 for use of our upper studio plus tickets at £7 per head. For every ten tickets booked you receive an extra one free. This is a really great option and something a little different for all the children attending.
Gamewagon, At Home
Gamewagon video game parties have the flexibility to be held just about anywhere! One option is to have the party in their specially built video game wagon on your drive or parked outside your house. For larger parties, Gamewagon can set up their gaming equipment at a venue of your choice and have a variety of themed video games parties to help you create the ultimate gamer occasion.
They hold birthday parties for boys, girls and mixed groups from age 7 through to teens and beyond! All you have to do is sit back and relax, safe in the knowledge your little ones are having a blast and fully taken care of.
Hackney City Farm, Hackney
The Hackney City Farm offers an amazing opportunity to get up close to an array of farmyard animals and experience the art of farming right in the heart of the city!
The room available for hire opens out onto the park, allowing the sunshine to spill in and the guests can spread out. It is perfect for children’s parties and will accommodate 30 people. It is available Saturdays from 10:00 – 13:00 and from 14:00 – 17:00, or on Sundays from 10:00-13:00 and costs £60.00 a session.
The room provided allows for you to decorate it as you wish, meaning you can create a space totally bespoke to you. You can even bring your own food and drink making this the perfect option to create a truly magical birthday party space, that’s surrounded by the constant hum of the working farm.
With a staggering 34 lanes this venue is one of the biggest bowling alleys in the country and is sure to ‘bowl’ over all your party guests, with their reasonable prices and excellent service. Not to mention they have an incredible Laser Quest and Arcade area on offer to you, at an additional cost.
This is a fantastic option, with their basic party package starting from just £12.95 per child. This includes 1 hour of bowling, unlimited squash, invites and more!
Si5 Spy Missions, Walthamstow
This is a great venue for the slightly older children, where they can experience life as a spy!
Si5 Spy Missions offer an 8-player party from only £80 with cooked party food available for an additional £4 per child. They can even cater for parties larger than 24, you just need to contact them in advance.
This is a really unique option, with a mission written especially for 6- and 7-year olds that encourages them to work together as a team as they explore the ship, disable the bombs and save the world!
Spun Candy, Spitalfields
Spun Candy have designed a children’s party that’s fun, interactive and entertaining from the very start!
Lead by Master Candy Makers this venue gives the birthday crew the opportunity to design, mix, add flavours, roll and hand make their very own sweets! With the best bit of all being the sampling at the end! From around £25 per child to join a standard 1 hour experience with private bespoke parties available too.
This is a great option for children aged 6 years and older who want to feel like they’ve won a lucky golden ticket for the day, entering into a magical candy land!
South East London
The Pirate Castle, Camden
If you're looking for a friendly, flexible venue with great facilities and lots of character, why not have your child's next party at the Pirate Castle? You can hire their spaces and organise your own event or add kayaking sessions and canal cruises to your party! You can bring your own food and drinks and the venues spacious main hall is great for soft play equipment, smaller bouncy castles and more, so let your imagination go wild!
Their children’s party packages are available on weekend bookings finishing before 6pm. Hire rates include the use of tables, chairs and the kitchen area, stereo system, projector and screen. The cost starts at £150 for 3 hours.
Or, you could even have your party on a boat! For their children's parties on a canal boat the prices are the same as their private hire rates (£90 per hour for Black Pearl or £120 per hour for Pirate Prince). Each boat can take up to 12 passengers. A really exciting option for your party crew.
Ceramic Circle, Archway
This is a fantastic option to get all the children attending involved in some seriously creative activities! Starting from 5 years onwards, all the children will leave with a lasting memento that they’ve created themselves in the 2 hour hosted party. They can paint and decorate their own ceramic designs and take them home, meaning each party guest has a lovely parting gift to remember the occasion. You just have to call to book!
Art 4 Fun, West Hampstead
Starting from £22 per person or ask our staff about a budget-your-own party, from £16 subject to availability. Art 4 Fun allows you to pick a theme for your very own creative party, from Fairy’s and Wizards to Under The Sea. All the children paint their own plate, assisted by the friendly staff team. While you can sit and relax, enjoying watching your little ones getting creative.
Invitations and a special souvenir tile are included! Perfect for kids aged 5 and up (Minimum of 10 children).
The Postal Museum, Clerkenwell
The Postal Museum has got your child’s birthday party sorted! Why not treat your guests to a unique party they’re sure to remember, at The Postal Museum! Dress up and become mini post people in Sorted! Their indoor play area before continuing the fun through the secret underground tunnels of Mail Rail, their miniature railway.
All party packages include an exclusive party room, catering and party bags for the kids and free tea & coffee for the adults. It is suitable for 8 years old and under and available from Saturdays and Sundays during term time. Their All Aboard! Option is priced at £450 + VAT and includes a ride on the mail rail with 19 friends and 4 accompanying adults. 1 hour’s use of the exclusive party room, 20 lunch packs, 20 party bags and downloadable invites!
For a party that has it all and keeps your little ones active and engaged, look no further than this option.
Kidspace have a variety of party packages on offer and are a great South London venue for children that are 3 years and older.
Their Classic Private Pod, when booked at weekends, is an exclusive area just for VIP parties and starts from £185 for up to 10 children and 10 adults. Included in that price is 80 minutes free play on all the exciting and challenging activities in Kidspace, from Mini Go-Karts to the climbing Wall. With invites included and the first 10 adults going free this a party venue hard to pass up!
Parade Mews Pottery Parties, Lambeth
Parade Mew Pottery is a working pottery based in South London. With well over 18 years spent dedicated to teaching pottery to people of all ages!
The party on offer is ideally suited to children aged 7 and over and can be completely bespoke to you and your chosen theme. With 90 minutes spent perfecting their own clay creations, before heading upstairs to enjoy a delicious spread! Everything, minus the party food, is provided by Parade Mews Pottery and costs £190.
There’s a maximum limit of 12 children making this party ideal for a smaller group as they get creative and messy without you having to worry about cleaning up after!
If you’re after a party that’s a little different why not try the newest craze on the scene, Kids Nerf Parties?
NerfdayBoys offer a children’s nerf party package for £175, that includes up to 20 children. Ensuring every child gets their own nerf gun ready for battle. Complete with war paint, unlimited ammo, inflatable barricades and most importantly safety glasses! An action packed option that’s great for a range of ages.
KidZania, Shepherd's Bush
KidZania is a place that allows your birthday party to choose from a number of real-life entertaining activities in one safe and secure space. Specially designed for children aged 4-14, KidZania blends learning and reality with entertainment. From a Doctor to a Dancer, the possibilities are endless!
All Birthday Packages include a range of hot food that is served as a sit-down meal as well as party food bags for kids to enjoy whilst they have free-play time in the city! Their Bronze Package is from £375 and includes all the essentials like party decorations, fast track entry into KidZania and allows for 10 Children & 2 Free Adults.
A fantastic option to indulge your children in an exciting reality-based experience that doesn’t compromise on fun!
South West London
Dramabuds, They Come To You
If you want a party that encourages imaginative play and captivates your party guests look no further than Dramabuds. Choosing from well over 14 themes, from pirates to superheroes there’s something for everyone. With each party including songs, dancing, drama, parachute games and lots of bubbles!
A party leader comes to your party to entertain your guests for around 1 hour, catering to children aged 2-7 years. Starting from £110 for up to 15 children, they now have beautifully designed dramabuds invitations too, which can be sent to you ready to give to guests free of charge. Dramabuds say they welcome the party in any venue; house, church hall, garden as long as the space is clear and big enough for the number of children (and parents) invited to actively move about and sit in a circle.
This is a great option for any budding actors looking to have fun and play with their party crew!
The Little Gym, Wandsworth and Fulham
The Little Gym runs parties for children aged between 1 and 12 years, allowing them an hour of uninterrupted fun exploring The Little Gyms facilities. The qualified instructors are on hand to lead the fun and assist with any clearing up. Showing your birthday crew how to use the specialist gym equipment, from bars and beams to the tumble area. Before heading to the decorated party room to cut the cake.
The birthday party pricing varies, with members paying £360 and non-members paying £410. The party itself lasts 1.5 hours for 12 children, though they can take up to 24 children at an additional cost. With their party slots available on both Saturday and Sunday.
This is a great option for those with a variety of ages attending as they can cater to all, finding something exciting for everyone.
Children’s Chocolate Party, Pick Your Venue!
This is a birthday party option that’s perfect for lovers of chocolate! Children aged 7-12 years can enjoy up to 2 hours of chocolate themed fun, from writing in chocolate to making their own chocolate pizzas! It’s sure to be a hit with their friends and at only £25 per child, £30 if they come to you, you can’t go wrong. Oh and did we mention the chocolate fountain running throughout?!
They usually accept up to 10 or 12 children, but can accommodate more by arrangement. They also have some other great options for the slightly older children, meaning there really is something for everyone.
Formula Kidz, Roehampton
Why not treat your birthday party crew to an exhilarating motorsport themed party. Allowing 4-11 years olds a karting experience in a safe environment. With a full international race circuit, that incorporates exciting corners and tunnels! As your birthday posse don racing suits and helmets, splitting into teams of five and alternating their time on the track, meaning they can cheer their friends on from the sidelines!
From £510 for up to 20 drivers, with an hour and a half on the track. With a podium presentation, medal awarded to the birthday child, group photo and then for an additional cost you can enjoy the use of the party food area. Tables and chairs are supplied and you can either organise your own spread or choose the ‘Formula Cold One’, a balance between delicious naughty treats and wholesome healthy goodness. Take a look at the menu and simply choose; 1 x sandwich, 2 x treat and 1 x cake option.
This is definitely an option to consider if you have a little one that’s an avid formula one fan!
Fairytale Friends, Battersea
The magic begins with a beautiful gift box of printed invitations in the post and a special fairy key! Skip through the fairy garden, ring the bell at the fairy door where an enchanting fairy will welcome you into a magical world! Friendly Giants (grownups), tip toe up the staircase to explore the Fairy shop where you can sit and relax, help yourselves to refreshments and talk with friends.
For £150, plus £25 per child at weekends, your birthday crew can enjoy 2 hours of celebration and adventure with a fairy picnic sat on toadstools and gift bags to take away! This is a fantastic option to encourage your children to indulge in some imaginative play and escape into a fabulous fairy world!
The 5-star rated Premier League Party package for 10 children is the perfect party for your little lions. With 90 minutes of on-pitch action in one of their safe, fully enclosed pitches and party food served in the clubhouse, your kids will be smiling ear to ear!
With a range of optional extras to make the day even more hassle-free for you. Including a Goals party host for the full two hours, party invites and for all the guests, boot bags and medals. To make the day even more special for the birthday child they can have a Captain's armband, a trophy and mini football.
From just £150 this is a great option to encourage your birthday party to have fun outside, playing as a team.
Blossom and Bee, Ealing
Catering for parties of any occasion and offering bespoke packages to create the perfect space for your precious memories to be made! From an outdoor Mad Hatter’s tea party to an afternoon spent playing princess’s the possibilities are endless.
This is a great and affordable option for those wanting to create a completely unique party for their child’s special day.
My Kid Atelier at the Baglioni Hotel, Kensington
My Kid Atelier have partnered with luxury Baglioni Hotel and are offering an all-inclusive Children's Birthday Party Package. Celebrating your child’s birthday in style, just a stone's throw from Kensington Gardens with a beautiful venue, bespoke themed styling, amazing children’s entertainment and gourmet Italian food.
Contact them to create a beautiful and personalised event for your child's birthday and keep in mind they would be happy to bring to life any theme that your children might have.
North West London
Established in 1994, Clowntown is the largest and most popular Children’s Indoor Activity centre in North London.
A standard party here costs £12 per child (£13 per child at peak time). With a minimum of 10 children off-peak during the school term, Monday to Friday. Or, a minimum of 12 children during peak time on weekends and school/public holidays.
All of the party packages available include the play session and food and drink for the children served in the colourful party zone. This is followed by a presentation of the birthday cake by a dedicated member of the team. The two-hour party ends with more treats, a tasty ice-lolly or ice-cream and the sliced cake in a party bag for each child to take home.
This is a great affordable option for a larger party. It ensures all the party details are sorted, meaning you just have to arrive and enjoy the day!
Poolside Manor, Finchley
Poolside Manor Pool Parties are a great option for children of all ages, with children under 5 just needing to be accompanied by an adult. All the children attending are swim tested as to whether or not they’ll need armbands and are encouraged to swim and play freely with friends!
Playing a selection of pool games, led by lifeguards. With music, inflatables, hoops and toys all available for use. Before getting changed to enjoy the party food spread, provided by yourself. The children can then enjoy time in the activity hall playing games.
Parties take place on a Saturday and Sunday afternoon, lasting 2 hours. There are three 2 hour slots on each day and guests are expected to arrive 15 minutes before the party starts to allow time to change into swimsuits. A maximum of thirty swimmers are permitted to swim, which includes all siblings under the age of five and their guardian, making this a fun option for all!
A birthday party at the theatre is a great way to celebrate with friends and family. At Art Depot they have an exciting programme of family shows nearly every weekend and hosting a birthday party couldn’t be simpler!
With birthday parties held on Saturdays and Sundays during school term time. Simply choose a show from their family programme and contact the Box Office on 020 8369 5454 to reserve your tickets. Then order the birthday lunch boxes, charged at £7.00 each plus a setup fee of £1 per head (minimum 10 kids). Then enjoy a day spent watching anything from The Gruffalo to The Hungry Caterpillar!
Alternatively you could have a party in their private area, with rooms are available from £275 + VAT, for three hours. They have a maximum capacity of up to 60 people, dependant on room hired. Trestle table and chairs are also included and the café can provide party lunch boxes too.
Tea Party, Kentish Town
This is a party package perfect for the slightly older children, aged between 8 and 11, who want to feel thoroughly spoilt! It costs £28 per child, with a minimum party head count of 12 and a maximum of 20.
Included in the price is an exquisite afternoon tea, with an array of delicious sweet treats, served in a fabulously unique private venue on Fortess Road. An extravagant option but one that’s sure to be remembered forever!
We hope the options listed have provided you with some serious inspiration and party venue contenders. Hopefully with venues chosen, booked and potential deposits paid you can now cast your mind to the real fun! We’re talking decorations, party bags and most importantly the cake!
Incorporating themed decorations throughout the party venue can create a real sense of fun for the children attending. It could even give them an excuse to dress up as their favourite superhero or princess!
But, with so many themes to choose from narrowing it down to just one and finding the right décor to match can feel quite daunting. Lots of venues, like the ones we’ve listed, offer a variety of their own themes that you can choose from. Easing the decision-making process considerably, with decorations sometimes included in the venue hire price or at a small additional cost.
This can save you having to source them yourself but if that isn’t a viable option MY BAKER have comprised a list of some easy party decoration ideas, to help get you started. From fun homemade pieces to some well-priced party packages, there’s décor for just about any theme imaginable!
A scroll through Pinterest’s DIY birthday party decoration pins will have you reaching for the PVA and glitter! Making anything from balloons filled with confetti to tissue paper pom-pom garlands! There are so many easy to follow tutorials to aide in the creation of your decorations that might just leave you wondering why you ever thought to buy them.
Aside from the financial benefits, making the decorations yourself can also give you a real sense of achievement. Knowing that you were able to make your child’s big day all the more special with your own craftsmanship and creativity. Most are really affordable options that often use resources you will no doubt already have at home.
Glass Jar Lanterns
The humble glass jar, swapping its usual contents of jams and preserves for fairy lights, seashells or the liquid contents of a glow stick. Or, cover its exterior in colourful tissue paper to give out a softer light. The illuminated jars are transformed and could act as a runway, lighting the path to your venue. Or, simply placed on table tops to create that rustic, cosy feel.
Either way there’s no denying these DIY lanterns are aesthetically pleasing and are actually relatively easy to acquire. With most found hidden in the depths of cupboards or on the shelves of shops like The Range and Wilko.
Offering a pack of 12 for just £6.00 these glass jars may sound simplistic but with a little DIY magic they can become a great feature for your party. We’re sure they’ll have all your grown-up guests asking ‘Oo where did you get those?’!
Cereal Box Photo Booth Props
As you finish the last bowlful of Coco Pops don’t throw away its box. Instead the old cereal box can be cut into your very own photo booth props and sellotaped to lollipop sticks or skewers. Requiring minimal resources, you now have an array of fun pictures to commemorate the occasion, as all your party guests don fake cardboard moustaches and oversized glasses. You can even use any leftover tablecloths or wrapping paper as a backdrop for your silly photos!
Tissue Paper Pom-Pom Garland
Another party decoration essential is the simple paper table cloth but not as you know it. In an array of colours, you can cut, stick and shred these to make pom-poms and floral shapes that can be strung around the venue. The tissue paper leftover doesn’t need to be wasted either, becoming confetti!
Bunting and 3D Stars
Try taking any old newspapers or scrap paper you might have lying around at home and cutting them into triangles. The pieces can then be attached to string to make bunting that can be hung around the room. You can even use any large printed letters you find to spell out ‘Happy Birthday’ and your child’s name, to personalise it even more. Or, alternatively, the paper can be folded into different sized 3D stars that can be stuck around the room. Adding a starry night touch to any venue, that van Gogh himself would be proud of!
MY BAKER have merely scratched the surface of the ‘do it yourself’ decor and hopefully shown that it’s far easier than expected to create something special yourself.
However, if the prospect of finding time to dedicate to your DIY projects is leaving you feeling unnecessarily stressed, panic not. We have some great sites you can browse for pre-prepared party packages, including all the things you need for your child’s big day and delivered straight to your door.
A site with a great selection of packages available. Starting from just £20 you can easily order from their vast selection of prebuilt Party Boxes. With most including themed cups, plates, napkins, banners, balloons and even cake toppers! MY BAKERS personal favourite would have to be the Pretty Pastel Party Decorations Kit. This Party in a Box contains everything you’ll need to throw a gorgeous pretty pink party for 16 guests!
An extensive selection of banners, balloons, table decorations and more are available from this fantastic site. In a variety of themes, you’re guaranteed to find something fitting for your party. MY BAKERS favourite addition being foil balloons, in an assortment of colours and numbers. Starting from just £1.99 each they complete any birthday party and look great in photos!
A site overflowing with stunning party decorations, that you’d expect to find adorning Pinterest or Instagram’s explore page. Their Party Boxes start from around £25, filled to the brim with balloon arches, banners in artistic fonts and a selection of tableware. All of which are available in an array of colours. MY BAKER’S favourite? It would have to be the Gold Foiled Complete Party In A Box, a stunning collection of decorations that you won’t want to take down!
Party games don’t need to cost a fortune. As most parents can confirm their children often find enjoyment in the simplest of toys and imaginary games. Which is why MY BAKER think keeping it simple is key. If your venue is already providing entertainment it’s one less aspect to worry about. If not and you’ve somehow found yourself needing to entertain party guests, don’t stress. We have a few firm party favourites, with a twist, to help.
Before selecting any party games though it's imperative to think of the average age of the children attending and find something they will all enjoy. Remembering to keep the games short and light-hearted to ensure everyone remains engaged and most importantly excited!
Pass the parcel
If you find the go to party game a little boring you could try writing notes between each wrapping paper layer. Telling the children to ‘do a dance to get their go’ or ‘tell a joke’, this keeps them moving and is a little more engaging for those awaiting their turn.
Using ‘towel’ islands that shrink with each stop of the music. With no limit of how many children can attempt to squeeze onto one island, this game will have everyone in stitches as the kids playing scramble to find an Island.
Duck duck goose
A game loved the world over, this is a great option that will allow the slightly younger ones to take part too.
A fun twist could be with each stop of the music the children have to freeze in a different pose. Watching them hold the superman position and not cracking up will be the ultimate test!
If you’re limited on space you could swap out the chairs for toys!
If the children successfully limbo under they could be rewarded with a sweet treat or small toy, which might encourage everyone to join in too!
Tug of war
If you’re struggling to find rope the children playing can interlock arms and pull, creating a rope less tug of war. This one is perhaps better suited for older children, to ensure there are no injuries.
Guess the bags contents
You could fill the bag with anything! It’s fun to use cold spaghetti and have small toys hidden within to throw the children off!
Why not turn this into a hunt where the children have to photograph different objects around the venue and you could assign an adult to each small group to involve everyone.
Lift the bag
Using only their mouths to lift the paper bag from the ground, all while trying to not sit down!
Another challenge where using your hands is cheating. Hanging donuts from different heights you have only one minute to eat the most. With extra points for those that can resist licking the sugar off their lips!
If the classic party games listed don’t feel quite special enough for the birthday boy or girl you could always look at hiring a children’s party entertainer. This takes away the strain of planning games and prizes yourself and leaves it to a professional, who’s sure to have all your little ones up and involved.
To help, MY BAKER has listed our top 5 finds for the very best of children’s entertainment. From balloon art to face painting we’re sure there’s something for any theme and occasion!
The Strawberry Studio, Wimbledon
Specialists in face painting and body artwork, Strawberry Studio can come to your event or party with a simple box of paints and tons of imagination. Or, they can even deliver a temporary structure, rope barriers, pop ups and advertising banners. Complete with a tattoo parlour or children’s walk in face painting activity centre!
Offering face and body art, entertainment, candy floss and popcorn machines and a DJ for hire. Using water based face and body paints to ensure no nasty or harmful ingredients are used to turn your little ones into their favourite characters!
The Holly Jolly Company, Charing Cross
With Years of Experience The Holly Jolly Company are able to guide you into creating memories with your birthday party crew that will last a lifetime! Offering bespoke children’s parties and events, from small celebrations to great big adventures they have entertainment for all. You can even select them yourself and create a party that’s exactly as your little one imagined and more.
Natalie’s World Entertainment, Bexley
Natalie’s World Entertainment is a popular, friendly and highly professional children’s party entertainer. They are happy to provide you with a bespoke and exciting experience for your birthday party crew. Offering children’s party entertainment for kids of all ages. Tailoring a party to your exact requirements and to the age and number of children present, meaning you can sit back and relax! Safe in the knowledge your party is taken care of.
Rhubarb The Clown, South Tottenham
Rhubarb the Clown is famous for his spectacular one man show! Jam packed with half a dozen magical illusions, juggling (sometimes with fire!), nose-flute playing, riding his many unicycles and other ridiculous antics.
The Running time varies with each audience but is generally some 45 minutes. As Rhubarb does not talk, his show transcends language and culture to be accessible to all! Rhubarb the Clown also often performs in free form using his multifaceted skills to entertain and bring a smile to as many faces as he can or sometimes with a mixture of show and clowning around.
It’s not uncommon for venues to offer a party spread included within the hire price. This can certainly relieve the stress of having to successfully cater to a hungry bunch of children and parents. But if you’ve found yourself needing to provide that all important party meal look no further than our useful selection.
Arranging the spread for your party doesn't need to be overly extravagant nor does it need to be expensive. If you’re catering for a large group of children be sure to ask beforehand about any dietary requirements, to ensure everyone gets to enjoy the meal!
We have an array of healthy snacks and treats that will be sure to suit all palates listed below.
It’s incredibly easy to make the humble sandwich all the more interesting. You can cut them into fun shapes, resembling animals, flowers or whatever else you think you can create! You could even try to have the theme running throughout with artistically arranged vegetables. A key thing to remember with children is sometimes the less options the better and a few select tasty treats will go a long way.
To help get you started we’ve compiled a list of some dishes you could look at incorporating:
- Crudité selection with hummus and dips
- Pizza cut into bite-sized squares
- Mini quiches
- Sandwiches in different shapes
- Mini sausage rolls
- Pork pies
- Cocktail sausages
- Selection of crisps
- Chicken dippers/nuggets
- Chips or potato wedges
- Mini hot dogs or mini burgers
- Sandwich wheels that can be made from a wrap
- Skewer sandwich with chunks of bread, cheese, tomato etc in shapes
- Mac and cheese bites
- Jelly pots
If the idea of having to prepare a table full of food is setting your head spinning we suggest browsing the supermarkets online party food they have available to order. It’s an undeniably tasty looking selection that incorporates healthy treats, both hot and cold. With prices for sandwiches and pastry platters starting from around £12, from firm favourites:
They have a great selection of savoury rolls and pastries which would be sure to appeal to both the children and their parents.
A great range of sandwiches and salads that look table ready, meaning less time preparing and more time spent having fun and partying!
They have a great mini roll and wrap selection, with scrumptious fillings to tempt even the fussiest of eaters.
Their pizza panini bites look delicious! They also have a selection of mini hotdogs and hamburgers that are the perfect bite size portion for your little ones.
Ordering your food beforehand is a sure way to relieve the pressure on the day. With most items only taking a short amount of time in the microwave or oven. Meaning you can focus your efforts elsewhere and just enjoy the special day!
Why not take the stress out of providing a party spread by choosing from one of the fabulous caterers we have listed instead? They provide tasty dishes and treats that are sure to impress your little ones!
Happy Little Ones, London
From individual premade party food boxes to an entire buffet set up with a selection of scrumptious party food! Especially designed with your children in mind they have an extensive list of options available and even provide napkins and paper plates, meaning no washing up!
They have mini British beef burgers served in a sesame seed bun with lettuce, cheese & relish. Little bamboo wood boats of fish and chips with mushy peas on the side and classic mini hot dogs with different toppings in a fresh baked bun- to name a few! All deliciously homemade to the highest of standards and starting from around £12.80 per child.
AEIOU Kids Club, London
Offering catering for children’s parties across London, including Croydon, Romford, Peckham, Lewisham, Ilford, Dagenham, Barking, Richmond, Kensington, Chelsea, Stratford, Chigwell, Canary Wharf, Finsbury, Hounslow, Twickenham, Brent, Camden, Finchley, Southwark, Barnet and more.
With a selection of lunch boxes, finger food buffet, special canapes for the grown ups and halal or vegetarian food. From toddlers to teeangers there’s sweet treats and healthy options for all. With medium meal boxes at £9.50 each, containing a bite size sandwich selection, a healthy treat and a sweet treat. Or, their snacks and platters for £20 that serve 4 adults or 8 children. With fruit, cheese, vegetables and dips and a ham selection available.
Foodsy, London understand how stressful the organising of your children’s birthday party can be! That’s why they offer deliciously premium kids party food, so you’ve one less detail to worry about on the big day. A lot of their clients are so impressed they often order simple canapes or a finger buffet for the grown ups too.
Their Prices include VAT and disposable platters if required. Delivery & setup charge will apply depending on location. Starting from just £9 per child for their signature Lunch Boxes or £13 per child for their Kids Hot Buffet, offering mini pizzas, chicken breast goujons and fish fish & chips in a boat to name a few! This is a decidedly tasty option that will feed all those hungry children!
So, you’ve successfully kept all your party guests entertained and fed, the end is in sight! All that’s needed now is to dim the lights and cue the parties ‘Happy Birthday’ rendition. Then the moment everyone's been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the infamous cake! Adorned with flickering candles, will it be a towering Rainbow Cake or perhaps a Paw Patrol inspired sponge? With MY BAKER the possibilities really are endless.
We have two options for securing the perfect birthday cake and some ‘cakespiration’ listed below for you.
You could browse our online shop, where we have a stunning selection of occasion cakes available to order. With our bakers currently delivering across London and Birmingham. They require just 48hrs notice to bake and deliver your cake! All cakes are delivered between 9am-5pm, if you would like a specific delivery time slot or a personalised message on your cake you would just need to specify at the checkout.
MY BAKER’S birthday favourites would have to be:
Magical Unicorn Cake, From £75
A perfect accompaniment to any unicorn themed party as lovers of unicorns unite for this cake in celebration of all things magical! A beautifully flavoursome and light vanilla sponge is adorned with an exquisite pastel buttercream mane. Note: The mane will be pastel colours and may differ from the image. Available in both chocolate and vanilla flavour.
Please note that eggs, gluten and dairy went into the creation of this cake. If you would like this cake to be halal, please specify in the notes.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow Cake, From £75
Nothing says celebration like cutting through a generous coating of multicoloured sprinkles to reveal six layers of sponge! They perfectly capture all the vivid colours of the rainbow. This exquisite cake definitely makes for that undeniable wow moment with both taste and appearance.
Please note that eggs, gluten, and dairy went into the creation of this cake. If you would like this cake to be halal, please specify in the notes.
Eat Until You Pop Balloon Cake, From £75
Say Happy Birthday to the little one in your life with this is elegant cake. A light layered sponge and a smooth buttercream coating, available in white, pink and blue buttercream. With an artistically placed scattering of sprinkles, made all the more special by the balloon toppers, available in an array of colours for your special occasion. Please specify your buttercream colour preference.
Please note that eggs, gluten, and dairy went into the creation of this cake. If you would like this cake to be halal, please specify in the notes.
Alternatively, you could fill out one of our easy to use forms and Design Your Own. Once you’ve specified the cake you’re envisioning, attaching an image and description, our talented bakers will then provide quotes that you can choose from. Delivering a cake that’s completely bespoke to you! But, if the endless cake possibilities are leaving you feeling stumped for ideas MY BAKER are on hand. Below are some of our wonderful bakers cake creations from previous special occasions:
The Party Bag
With the cake cut and your wonderful birthday celebrations drawing to a close there is only one remaining task, handing out the party bags. For many years the party bag has been a parting gift from the host, often used to transport the delicious cake slices home. The party bag ensures every child in attendance receives a special token of appreciation from the birthday child, be it big or small it’s always considered a lovely gesture.
If you don’t like the idea of handing out bags filled with small plastic toys, that will no doubt get lost amongst others at home, MY BAKER have some great alternatives.
The Sweet Party Bag
If the healthy party spread of crudité and yoghurts has been a roaring success why not treat the party guests to a homemade cellophane bag of sweets? Tied with a ribbon, containing a small handwritten thank you tag, these are a thoughtful party bag alternative that won’t break the bank.
The Pick ‘N’ Mix Station
Following on from the sweet treat theme you can pick up a selection of sweets from supermarkets, placing them in bowls to create your own pick ‘n’ mix station. This way the children can select the contents of their sweetie bag, ensuring they don’t go home disappointed with fizzy cola bottles when they desperately wanted strawberry laces!
The Art Bag
If you can’t bring yourself to see another child taking home bubbles and plastic toys why not fill a party bag with a miniature art kit? Complete with small paints, brushes, stickers and glitter pens. They aren’t too expensive to acquire and is a fun activity for them to take home, one we’re sure parents will love too!
You’ve made it to the end of the list of jobs to do, that have previously seemed never-ending! The party bag is the final item to check off and if the previous in budget options didn’t tempt you, MY BAKER are sure this might.
This site offers a range of pre-filled party bags, ranging from £1.20 to £14.50 with a vast selection of themes to choose from. MY BAKER’S favourite would have to be the Very Special Unicorn Party Bag, for £7 each. It’s a bright turquoise gift bag with rope handles and optional tissue paper. Filled with a hatching baby unicorn egg, unicorn colouring mug, stack-a-crayon, rose flower hair ties, two temporary unicorn tattoos and optional sweets!
With the party bags handed out and farewells bid MY BAKER hope that however you choose to spend your little ones special day that it’s a fantastic occasion. Aside from all the venues, entertainment and party bags suggested MY BAKER believe the key to enjoying your celebrations is a party spent with friends, family and copious amounts of cake!
One final aspect to consider, falling under the birthday party umbrella, is the daunting prospect of present buying. Gifting fellow classmates can be an etiquette minefield. Leaving you worrying that if you buy something too little it’ll get lost amongst other plastic toys. Or, fear looking like the overindulgent parent buying an extravagant present that could run the risk of leaving you the talk of the playground. Nightmare!
But don’t panic as MY BAKER understands that trying to come up with original gift ideas for your children’s friends, when you’re inundated with party invites throughout the year, can be a scary and costly venture. That’s why we’re here to help. We have practical advice for buying presents and even a template on how to propose the ‘Fiver Party’ concept to unconvinced parents.
We’ve got it covered. Whether you’re looking to gift others or its your own little ones day. We even have some present ideas for those extra special friends and family members you’re willing to splurge a little more on. Just keep reading!
There’s no disputing the thoughtfulness of parents that bring a gift for your little one but seeing your child rip back the paper to reveal yet another toy can automatically fill you with dread. Thinking frantically where on earth will you store it?! Knowing it’ll no doubt get lost in amongst the abundance you already have spilling out from cupboards at home.
It’s a common occurrence for parents and finding the perfect present and avoiding adding to the never-ending toy supply children have never seems to get any easier. That’s why MY BAKER are here to help aide you, listing some budget friendly ideas to help you throughout the ongoing birthday party season.
Just keep in mind that no matter the budget spent on presents the simple act of receiving something thoughtful is what can make a birthday all the more meaningful and special! A thoughtfully written card and little special something can mean just as much as a big lavish gift.
If budget constraints have left you worrying what could surpass as an appropriate present to give why not make something yourself? You could call ahead and ask the host if you could bring the birthday boy or girls favourite dish as a present. Or, you could make anything from a portable Lego tray to a hand sewn pillow case.
If you’re stuck for ideas why not search through 20 inexpensive homemade gifts? This is a great source of inspiration and offers fantastic and affordable handmade birthday present options.
Books and Other Bits
Books can be a great option for birthday presents! Most second hand books are like-new and can be found in local charity shops or online. Check out websites World of Books, Book Depository and Amazon. Before purchasing it might be good to ask the birthday boy or girls parents about any specific books they were looking to get, as this guarantees it will definitely be read and appreciated.
Other gifts to consider would be play doh sets, puzzles and art kits. They can often be found in affordable high street shops and supermarkets, costing usually between £5 to £10. The Works have colour your bag or paint your own mug for just £1 to £2 pounds because anything that gets kids creating and using their imagination is usually a winner!
It’s a new phenomenon that’s had British parents recoil at the prospect of just sticking a fiver in a card. Fearing its impersonal touch for most parents this might be previously uncharted territory, leaving you dumbfounded as to how to begin wording the ‘Fiver Party’ on the invitation.
We think the best way is to be honest, adding a little side note along the lines of ‘We think the greatest present is your presence! But if you would like to get our birthday boy/girl something special we would just simply ask for £5. Our little one can then save the generous amount and put it towards something extra special!’.
Turn an otherwise scary task of present buying into an opportunity to ask fellow grown ups to ditch the wrapping of little gifts, in favour of the new ‘Fiver Party’. MY BAKER think it strikes the perfect balance between buying something to little or too lavish. There’s also no fear of presents that might go unused with a £5 contribution towards one big present almost guaranteeing a gift your little one will love and most importantly use!
If you are however able to spend more on a birthday present why not treat the recipient to something extra special? MY BAKER have listed some great ideas that should hopefully prove popular with all, from trusted gifting specialist sites to exciting and memorable experiences.
Fun Present Ideas
If you want something guaranteed to please we suggest opting for the classic and well loved Lego sets, remote control cars, Barbie's or video games. They can be found in Argos catalogues, from online stores, in supermarkets and of course toy shops! Again, asking parents beforehand, to avoid buying duplicates, is always worth doing.
Red Letter Day Experiences
If you want something for the thrill seekers why not look at buying a Red Letter Day Experience? They have a vast selection of days out for two or the whole family, from football stadium tours to climbing ropes at Go Ape. There really is something for everyone but if you’re unsure of what the birthday boy or girl would enjoy most you can buy a ‘Memorable Moments Gift Box’. Starting at £39.99, meaning they can pick their own dream day out and adventure!
Why not check out Prezzybox? They have an extensive and eclectic assortment of novelty children’s gifts. From a make your own Slushie Machine to build your own bath bomb kit, you really are spoilt for choice! These presents are undeniably quirky and sure to be a success, ranging in price from around £5 upwards.
So, with the ever-important present received all that remains is to make a note of who sent what. This means you can send out thoughtful ‘Thank You’ notes, which is always a nice touch. It shows an appreciation, even if it’s simply thanking someone for attending. It’s a small gesture that can go a long way and is good practice for your children.
We hope this guide has helped relieve any stress felt in anticipation to the party and given you some inspiration for all the amazing things on offer to you. We can’t wait to hear of all your party triumphs and see all your amazing cake pictures- so, be sure to tag us!
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