Birthday and Parties
It's a fact of life. Once you give birth, then your child magically gets older every single day, until you find yourself frantically googling 1st birthday ideas, even though you're pretty sure you only gave birth yesterday (tip from a pro: you didn't, and time only goes faster from here).
We're here to help.
1st Birthday Ideas
Look, your kid isn't going to remember their first birthday, and chances are, if this isn't your first child, then you won't either. Ask me what 1st birthday ideas I had for my eldest child. There were mini pizzas and 1st birthday invitations, and food - god, so much food. And she didn't care. She played with the wrapping paper the whole time, and threw pizza bases at my head. I made pastries for god's sake. I was a little insane. But I'm not sure I can remember the 1st birthday of my other kids. Not without going looking for the photos, which I'm absolutely sure exist somewhere.
First Birthday Ideas are only important for you, the parent. Your kid won't care. But if you're inclined, kids parties can be a lot of fun to organise. Between coming up with first birthday ideas and freaking out that OH GOD MY BABY IS A YEAR OLD, you're sure to have lots of fun. And if you don't, you can always get drunk afterwards. Maybe. I'm busy looking for 10 year old birthday ideas now, god help me.
Children always have a lot of fun at a first birthday, and this is where kids party games come into play.
Kids Party Games
Kids party games can make or break a party. Whether it's pin the tail on the donkey, or pass the parcel, there are some firm favourites for younger children.
Good 1st birthday ideas for kids party games are simple games. Musical statues, or pass the parcel are usually simple enough for everyone to join in with, and honestly, your kid will have fun dancing and passing the parcel if nothing else.
Kids party games can be a little tricky to organise for older children - children have this weird idea of fairness where everyone wins, but hey, we all know it doesn't always work like that. Birthday party games, well handled, will leave every child feeling like they're a winner.
The trickiest age group for kids party games are toddlers, of course. Toddlers, man. They're tiny dictators, and parties - especially party food, can send them a little bit batty. It's okay. We've all been there.
Parties for boys and girls can also be very different, even though we'd all just like them to get along. Girls are often drawn to sparkles and shiny things, whereas boys enjoy parties with lots of running around. (Your mileage may vary - I know boys who love sparkles and girls who never sit still, but you know what I mean.)
Birthday Party Themes are the hottest thing right now. From Frozen (JUST LET IT GO ALREADY) to Ben 10, to Minions, to Smurfs, I've seen it all. The blue iced cupcakes at the Smurfs party was a nice touch which made my kid's mouth blue for days, but details.
Birthday party themes, done well, can add a lot to a party. Choose something your child loves, and go mad with it. Little Red Compass is a great resource for kids party supplies with themed party bags, tableclothes, and hats. Don't ever forget the party hats.
Birthday Party Themes also fit well with kids party venues and kids party places. Sometimes it's easier to find a kids party place, rather than holding it in your own home. In Australia, this is usually easy to do - although I've heard Sydney and Melbourne can be booked out early, so check in advance.