Preparations: guest list and invitation cards
Of course, a birthday is not celebrated in the same way for a 4 year old child as it is for a 12 year old teenager. Nevertheless, there are some universal rules that apply to all ages to celebrate a birthday properly. The guest list should be made with your child to plan the organization of the event and calculate the number of invitation cards that will need to be sent.
Here are a few ideas for a child’s birthday invitation card:
Regardless of your child’s age, let them get involved in the preparations and help you with the organization. This is primarily an opportunity to spend time with your child, but it’s also a way to empower him or her.
Birthday theme ideas for children
In order to give the party a little bit of coherence, it is often preferable to turn the activities, decoration and other elements that make up a birthday around a common theme. As we know, most children are fascinated by fantasy worlds, and there are a multitude of themes that will suit your little one. So the challenge is to find an idea that could combine birthday decorations, children’s games, food and why not costumes. Of course, you have to choose the theme according to your child’s preferences and tastes. And too bad if daddy has to dress up as a princess! Here are two ideas for themes that are popular with younger children.
1) The Disney birthday theme
A multitude of disguises, magical universes, songs that have become cults. Disney is undoubtedly the theme that will delight all the guests, girls and boys alike. Costumes are now everywhere! Elsa from the Snow Queen, Mickey and his friends, Woody and Buzz Lightning… a wide choice is available to you and you will have no trouble finding what you are looking for.
For the activity, we have found the game that will make everyone laugh and participate: Olaf’s game ! You can also hire a magician at the party and put lots of glitter in the children’s eyes (and in yours too).
As for decoration, it’s time to get wet and show your artistic side. You’re not very creative? No problem! You’ll find many tips and tutorials to make some decorations for the room that will host your little party. When it comes to table decorations, keep it simple: a blue tablecloth with a few stars for example, Disney cups and plates and you’re done!
Do you find the Disney theme a bit too childish? Here’s a theme that will change your mood…
2) Pirate Birthday Theme
This is probably one of the most successful themes for children’s birthdays. Who has never dreamt of sailing aboard the Black Pearl? For the costumes, you will find a multitude of ready-made costumes, but it is also possible to learn how to make them yourself. YouTube will be your best ally. Don’t hesitate to explore the web for inspiration, but remember: black and red should be the order of the day!
Even if it fits the theme, it is strongly advised not to offer toddlers a tasting of your collection of arranged rums brought back from your holidays in Martinique. In which case you might have a few problems with other moms and dads. Instead, offer them some candy with a theme such as chocolate coins or why not a pirate birthday cake?
For the activity, there’s nothing like a traditional treasure hunt! Children love to solve puzzles and solve mysteries, especially if the treasure chest is filled with sweets and little gifts!
For decoration, you can choose a red paper tablecloth, black cups, a few chocolate pieces scattered around and why not a pirate flag hanging on the wall. No need to try to reproduce a life-size galleon in your living room, a few well thought-out little details will do the trick and make the children and their friends happy.
Of course, remember to take pictures of this anniversary! To do so, we have found the perfect accessory to keep wonderful memories, while proposing a really original animation that will surely please everyone!
A photobooth animation for kids
What if your little blonde heads were to play the stars in front of the camera? You are certainly familiar with the principle of the photo kiosk often found at weddings. The photo booth allows guests to take a picture of themselves and then print it live and in a few seconds from the machine. It’s ideal for leaving with memories in your pocket!
To organise a photobooth animation for your child’s birthday, you’ll need to provide a photo corner specially designed and decorated for the occasion. You may have to move some furniture and take down a frame or two, but you’ll need that if you want a Hollywood-style photo shoot! If you are lucky enough to have a garden, you can install the photobooth outside, provided it is not exposed to direct sunlight or humidity (electronics obligatory).
You will have the possibility to create several personalized photo frames that will perfectly match the birthday theme. Imagine how happy your child will be when they print the photos! You’ll also find all the photos taken in an online gallery at the end of the event, making it much easier to share memories with other parents. One thing’s for sure: the kids will love it!