- There are caterers, coordinators, and stylists making sure that the venue looks beautiful and picture-perfect.
- There are magicians, bounce inflatables, face painting and hair salon services to keep the young guests entertained.
- There are booths that churn out photos as a souvenir of the event. (I like this a lot, I admit!)
- And there are emcees who scream into the microphone, trying to be heard above the too-loud background music.
We follow the do-it-yourself route, trim the guest list, and ignore the party suppliers. Here are some ideas on putting together a quiet, intimate, and memorable birthday party for your little one.
|Little T and her cousins painting some ballerina magnets|
Last year, my husband and I were uniformed hosts to Little T’s Rainbow Party.
For an indoor venue like a clubhouse or a function room, you can just bring some of your child’s favorite toys and see the kids come alive. Some ideas are:
- Small slides
- Toy kitchen set
- Ride-along cars
- A sturdy tent or playhouse
- Inflatable pools filled with balls for a ball pit
Pin the Ballerina’s Tutu
|For our rainbow party, Stop Dance became Musical Rainbow
(pick a ball and freeze when the music stops)
had to hunt for four-leaf clovers to
get their pot of gold (giveaway)
Choose Generic Themes
The party scene is now full of magicians and balloon shows that some children think it’s standard fare. Oh wait, it has become standard fare! In the spirit of fun and creativity, we mounted our own “shows”. Last year, my husband was the balloon expert.
This year, I asked my nephew who is passionate about magic to do his own show. It was a huge hit! He showcased his talent and thrilled his younger cousins (and gushing mom and aunts).
Consider Several Small Celebrations
I hope these ideas will put some magic into your child’s special day!