This year has been a busy one for all sorts of reasons. When September rolled around and October was on the horizon I started to wonder if I had done the right thing deciding to do Little Man’s 4th birthday party at home. I thought it would be easier with a new baby (or babies as I thought at the time). We were only inviting a few of his little friends as he had just moved from nursery to prechool so wasn’t really mentioning preschool friends yet. Then I started to worry as people started looking at me like I had gone mad and wished me luck!! In the end it worked out really well, simplicity was really key so I thought I would share a few tips in case anyone else is being wished luck as they prepare for a home kids party!
To put it into perspective we had 9 kids, a few baby siblings and parents. So rather a full house it has to be said. Little Man chose a Teenange Mutant Ninja Turtles theme.
Here are my top 5 hacks and tips which definitely made the two and a half hours of party craziness go smoothly.
Easy Food – Don’t make a rod for your own back by preparing a fancy buffet or even a buffet at all to be honest. We bought loads of mini pizzas and each child had their own pizza (I did check with all the parents that all the kids liked pizza before hand). We then cooked up a load of chicken nuggets and cocktail sausage and the kids wolfed it down. It was definitely a hit. Then fairy cakes for pudding!
Move Furniture – Utilise your space. We took down our dining table and moved our sofas into the dining room leaving the lounge, the biggest room empty except for toys for the kids to play. This worked so well as it didn’t feel as cramped as when we have had previous parties.
Use What You Have – We put away all of Little Man’s small toys as there were babies around and anything he was particularly precious about. We then got out his bigger toys, play sets, duplo, scalextric etc and just let the kids play. It’s amazing really how really this is all kids need. They had a great time playing together.
Recruit Friends & Family – My super talented parents made the cake and our friends mucked in too.All of the parents that were there were friends and they were so helpful. Some helped with the scalextric and one of them went round with a bin bag at the end of food time. It makes it so much easier on you especially with a new baby at home; our Little Lady had only come home the week before.
eBay – As I said, we were short on time so eBay was my friend. I bought Turtles party decorations and plates, cups, etc and also all the stuff for the party bags. As I was back and forth to the hospital to see Little Lady every day it made life so much easier it all being delivered. It was also really cheap!
We came out of the party fairly unscathed and with our sanity still intact. Most importantly we had a super happy 4 year old which after everything that had happened was really important to me
Good luck if you are about to do a party at home, you can do it! I would say this worked because we only had a small amount of kids at the party. I, of course wouldn’t recommend it for a class of 30!!