Mar 25, 2013

Planning Kids birthday party and some birthday related links(Singapore)

       I celebrated my children's birthday recently and it came to my mind that it will be nice to share some personal experiences so that many parents may get some tips while celebrating their little ones(especially smaller kids) birthday parties. Whatever I am writing below is quite obvious , but keep a notebook to list out all the activities you will be carrying out in the next few days so that you dont miss out anything and the below points will take care of that!!

 Planning the party-
        The only main thing is to start planning the party atleast a month  before the actual date. Parties planned in the last minute may not allow you to select from the wide range of choices you may have about everything right from the venue to the menu. You may forget things which you actually needed to do. It might turn out to be very expensive too!!So decide the budget for your party too.

Planning the date for the party-
        Most of the people opt for the actual birthday date to host the party while others may opt to have the party during the weekends so that it is convinient for all the people to attend the party at the said time. So its completely your choice to decide the date and time keeping in mind the above points.

Prepare the guest list for the party-
         So the next step is to decide whether you will be inviting only the kids or the parents too.If the kids are to small, it will be better if the parents accompany them so its comfortable for the guest as well as the host. Sometimes among our friends here, we have a practice of inviting the child along with their mothers. After all the party is mainly for the kids,,isn't it??

Planning the venue for the party-
         Deciding on the venue depends on the number of people you are inviting to the party. If the number is small and your home can occupy all, do it at home itself. If the number is slightly big, you can think of small halls, hotels,multipurpose halls and condominum  halls etc.Google to find out some nearby place or some indian restaurants(within your budget) to host your party. Think of a place which will be convinient for everyone, have a good parking space, proper commutation etc. Call or visit the place to check out your requirements.

Planning the menu for the party -
      If you are hosting the party at home with a limited number of guests, you can consider cooking a small but filling meal or snacks at home itself. Or you can check out restaurants which offer catering services and home delivery. Or you can cook a few things at home and order rest from the restaurant. If it is only the kids you can consider ordering pizza and other stuff which kids of all age group as well as a few accompanying adults will enjoy.
       When you are hosting the party in a hall or restaurant, check out  their catering menu. Decide the menu which will be appealing to all the age groups you are inviting.

Ordering the cake-
      Ask your child about his or her preference of cake and order it according to your requirements at the cake shop or even online. Also check whether they deliver it to the venue so that it saves your time instead of going and collecting  it personally.Consider baking the cake at home.I have tried it and even though it wasn't a masterpiece,people do have high regards for the homemade cakes.
Have a look at those cakes-
Chocolate candy cake
Castle cake 

Here are some links where you can order the birthday cake-
Bengawan solo
Polar cakes

Return gifts, goodie bags or take home gifts-
      Decide the return gifts or goodie bags according to the children of different age groups. There are birthday shops where they sell gifts suitable to different age groups. I have seen one such shop near Bugis mrt. There may be more , check online to find out more options.
   You can also order goodie bags online. Check out the link below. My friend has done it online and their service is quite good.
There are many more options. Google to find out more.
 If you are a good artist, you can try making some home made stuff for the kids to take back home.

Planning activities for kids during the party -
      If the kids are older , you can plan the traditional games like passing the parcel,tailing the elephant,musical chairs etc and have good fun. You can plan some games for the younger ones too.
 Check out this page for some fun party games.
There are other ways to make the party more happening and fun.
You can arrange for magic shows, balloon sculpting, face painting etc.
 We had called Joel tay for a magic show and balloon sculpting. He was very good and really entertained the kids for almost two hours.

You can also google to find out more in Singapore.Below are a few more links.

Other notes from personal experiences-
* Do take good care of the younger kids in the crowd to avoid any mishaps. Keep a first aid kit ready in case of any accidents.
 *Arrange to store the cake in the refrigerator. It is especially recommended for cakes which uses fresh cream.
* Do keep your camera or video ready for recording all the moments which will be your kids greatest memories in future.

Check out the recipe index for birthday party recipes.
Some ideas -
Chole bhatura
Dahi wada
Pav bhaji
 Check out other snack recipes here.
Some more recipes here.

Have fun and enjoy your party!!

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