We recently threw a wonderful children’s party with a cake, a piñata, group games, and of course, themed attire and decorations. It was a wonderful experience! The party theme Ana and Marek’s daughters chose was rainbows and all things soft and pretty, indeed, it was a very girly and joyful gathering. It also was the perfect opportunity to bring our new color palette Rainbowland, as it fits perfectly with the ambiance the girls wanted.

This new palette comes from a collaboration we did with the talented artist Lisa Chow; she created the perfect pastel rainbow tones and we created from one of her beautiful designs our new cloud rainbow wooden puzzle!

Our Rainbowland party was all about celebrating childhood friendship.

However, the special occasion behind this party wasn’t a birthday, it was a celebration of the girls’ friendship, it was a party to enjoy dressing up in pretty rainbow dresses, eating a delicious cake and playing games together with their friends. We got all these dreamy rainbow dresses for this special occasion from another awesome shop: Pleiades Designs! The girls chose the theme and helped to put it all together, their participation was already part of the celebration and fun.

Since the party turned out to be such a fun event to prepare and host, we thought it would be a good theme for this weeks blog post. So let’s talk about children’s parties.

Parties are about enjoying a fun moment all together.

Parties become very important for children more or less when they reach their 5th birthday. By then a child already enjoys playing with other kids, understands the concept of a birthday, and just loves the treats, presents, games and of course, the cake! Birthdays become a special occasion that kids look forward to because they get to have their friends over and enjoy a celebration filled with fun activities. That’s why usually around their 5th birthday, kids start to practice daily their counting skills on the calendar, counting down the days until their next birthday.

However, children parties can be a bit stressful for parents, mainly because there can be so many amazing ideas that sound absolutely fantastic but are very laborious, consume a lot of time and even money. It’s also normal for parents to worry about how to safely host a party for a group of little children while making sure everyone has a good time.

All the kids playing a group game with all the toys we brought out for the occasion.

We’d like to share some activities and tips that parents can use when hosting a children’s party. But before we do that, a small piece of advice: keep in mind these two key thoughts before getting into party planning, finding the perfect cake, preparing the party flavors, getting decor props, and checking with the parents of the invited kids about allergies and such.

  • A kids’ party is about celebrating your child, the person they are. That’s the reason behind getting together to share fun and treats.
  • Kids are so imaginative and fantastic that they can have fun with a box where they’ve drawn on to make it a race car, a dinosaur, or a unicorn. Kid’s fun isn’t really about the number of decorations or the perfect cake, it’s about making your child feel happy, participating in a gathering where they can share the joy with their friends and loved ones.

In other words, things don’t have to be absolutely perfect and expensive for the party to be a success. What makes a party wonderful is that the child can choose and participate in the process of putting it all together, that it’s a reflection of the child’s interests and that it was prepared happily, without the parents over-stressing.

Bubbles bring a magical vibe to the party and children love them!
The girls also love their pink play cushions from @nuggetcomfort as they can jump
and land safely with them when chasing bubbles.

Parties for children don’t need to be very long, usually after around three hours of playing, having treats, dancing, and eating the cake kids will start to show signs of being tired, so it’s a good time to wrap it up.

Themed parties are our favorite because the fun begins even before everyone arrives! Your child chooses a theme from her or his current interests and begins planning decorations related to the theme; helping to make at least some of the decorations will make your child feel proud and enjoy the process of preparing a party as well.

Choosing a theme helps the adults involved (yourself and the parents of your child’s guests too) to prepare. If your child is into dinosaurs, making colored paper dinosaur hats for the guests with your child a couple of days before the party is a good activity; then when his or her friends arrive, let your child learn to be a good host by handing out a hat to each friend that arrives when he or she goes to greet them.

Because the Rainbowland Party was about celebrating the kids’ friendship,
everyone gets to blow the candles!
Party decoration by
@merimeriparty

Here is a little list of activities we like to do at a party:

  • Ask your child’s guests to dress up for the party according to the theme, it can be in a lovely dress, or in a certain color, or something out of the ordinary like wearing a cape or a tall hat. Dressing up and using props is always fun for kids (and who are we kidding, for many adults too!) and sets a festive mood. Just make sure the props or clothing are comfortable for all the playing they will be doing.
  • Get a bubble gun and blow bubbles during different moments, for example, just before the cake, or just before announcing that it’s piñata time. Also, if the kids are old enough, let them take turns blowing bubbles.
  • A piñata is always fun and children love the excitement of not knowing when it will break, so it keeps them engaged. It’s easy to get a piñata along the party’s theme and children tend to remember them very well. You don’t need to fill it all with candy, we filled our piñata with mostly confetti as a fun surprise. Make sure to have enough space around the piñata when it’s time to break it and allow the youngest children to hit it first to make sure everyone gets a turn.
The moment the lovely rainbow piñata popped open, a colorful surprise filled the room!
  • Get your active play toys out for everyone. Your child might not be so happy about sharing their favorite soft toy with all the kids at the party, it’s much better to bring out climbers, ball pits, rockers, and any active play option you have at home, this will allow the children to play together as much as their heart desires and give an energy-burning outlet to their sugar rush or excitement.

If your child is still young and has some issues sharing, you should previously talk with him or her about how everyone is going to have a great time playing together; prepare your child a little for the sometimes overwhelming experience of seeing lots of kids at once playing with his or her beloved climbers and gross motor development toys.

Sharing and taking turns should be promoted when kids are using the active play toys.
  • After the cake or any other sugary treat, have a little group dancing session. Some adults can begin and set an example with some silly dancing and singing if the kids are a little shy at first. Dancing to a song that’s related to the party’s theme is great, but any songs your child likes and usually dances to at home will work too. Singing is, of course, encouraged too! Group dancing is a bonding experience, it helps kids get over social shyness, and will burn some of those sweets they’ve been enjoying.
Dancing all together is a great group-bonding activity and brings lots of smiles.
  • Group games are a fun party activity. For example, a scavenger hunt is a great option if the kids are old enough. A drawing session along the lines of the party’s theme is a good one too: each child gets to draw their own dinosaur, wild animal or rainbow. And then have some painter’s tape ready so the kids can hang all the drawings together on a window, board or wall. We recommend you use crayons instead of color pencils, markers or paint, to avoid possible messy situations.
  • Prepare party-flavors with small little toys inside and not just candy (handcrafted small toys are a nice option) so the kids have a cute souvenir from the event that they can play with later on. Also, you can add some dried fruit into the mix, to avoid the big sugar rush bound to happen from a child with a large stash of candy.
We got these cute little unicorns made by a talented toy-crafter for our party flavors: tansy dolls.
These will be memory-joggers for all the fun had at the party!
  • Group games are a fun party activity. For example, a scavenger hunt is a great option if the kids are old enough. A drawing session along the lines of the party’s theme is a good one too: each child gets to draw their own dinosaur, wild animal or rainbow. And then have some painter’s tape ready so the kids can hang all the drawings together on a window, board or wall. We recommend you use crayons instead of color pencils, markers or paint, to avoid possible messy situations.
These are our new cloud rainbow wooden puzzles created in collaboration with Lisa Chow
  • Prepare party-flavors with small little toys inside and not just candy (handcrafted small toys are a nice option) so the kids have a cute souvenir from the event that they can play with later on. Also, you can add some dried fruit into the mix, to avoid the big sugar rush bound to happen from a child with a large stash of candy.

There are many other things you can do for a kids’ party, we’ve just shared with you the activities we usually do and enjoy that don’t require so much effort and have made our parties fun for all the kids.

And what about the adults?

Depending on the kids’ age-range, it’s likely that some adults will also attend the party and that’s great. Prepare some fresh lemonade and snacks for them too. You can have a table near the children’s climbing toys so parents can chat a little while keeping an eye on the kids during the party.

We hope you’ve found our activities for children’s parties useful and that you soon have the opportunity to host a lovely party of your own!

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Mirza Sánchez

Mirza Sánchez

A passionate writer with a knack for everything global.

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