With two small children aged 5 and 9, I’ve had my fair share of organising children’s birthday parties over the last ten years.
Most parties now seem to be held in soft play areas, but this year we’ve seen a rise in invites to the traditional children’s birthday party at home, which is a welcome change and a hark back to simpler times as birthday parties when little were always about fun instead of big affairs.
As much as I love soft play parties (hey, they do all the hard work for you!) it’s lovely to see a return to the old school fun and games.
A typical party table wasn’t complete without:
- jam sandwiches
- bowls of multi flavoured crisps. It was like a lucky dip. One bite might be cheese and onion, the next prawn cocktail….
- cheese and pineapple on sticks hedgehog. Remember those?!
- Iced gems biscuits
- and cups of brightly coloured squash.
Party games were pin the tail on the donkey, pass the parcel, and sleeping lions.
The latter being utter genius on the grown ups part, and one I try to incorporate into parties now if I can. Hyperactive kids high on e-numbers doing your head in? Lie them all down on the floor and get them to pretend to be asleep and stock still.
Bribe them into staying like that by promising a prize to the one who stays still the longest.
As I said, genius.
What are your memories of your birthday parties when you were little?
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