How to host a kids birthday party - Our guide

It's a rite of passage for all parents - from 1st birthdays with extended family members to teepee sleep-overs with all of their friends, you'll be hosting numerous birthday parties for your kids throughout their childhood, so here's our guide to everything you'll need to know and consider when planning a kids birthday party.

Party table scene with donut, balloon and confetti

Hosting a kids birthday party: step by step guide

Throwing a kids party can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work. If you're not sure where to start, don't worry! We've put together this step-by-step guide to help you plan the perfect party for your little ones.

Step 1: Set a budget

We all want the best for our children and it can be very easy to get carried away and end up spending a fortune on their birthday parties, so the very first step to planning a kids birthday party is to set a budget. This will help you narrow down your options and make sure that you don't overspend.

Step 2: Choose a theme

Once you have a budget in mind, you can start thinking about a theme for the party. Depending on the age of the child you're planning a party for, this will either be down to you or your child will already have firmly in mind what theme they'd like for their birthday party. If you're struggling for inspiration, party shop websites and Pintrest are a great place to start to gather ideas for a kids birthday party. Pinterest's boards will also be helpful for pulling different theme ideas together while you decide. This could be a character theme such as a favourite television or cartoon character, a subject theme such as space or unicorns or even a more subtle colour based theme.  Once a theme has been decided on, this will help you narrow down your choices for decorations, food, and activities. 

bring out their wild side

At Jolie Fête, we're huge fans of wild animal themed kids birthday parties. Think animal print balloons, leaf backdrops and streamers to create a jungle-like atmosphere.

Serve food that is shaped like animals, such as animal crackers, fruit kebabs, and popcorn. You can also make animal-themed drinks, such as jungle juice or animal print punch.

Set up a craft table where the kids can make their own animal masks or hats. You can also have a face painting station where the kids can get their faces painted like their favorite animals.

Step 3: Find a venue

Do you want to host the kids birthday party at home, or do you want to rent a venue? If you are renting a venue, you will need to consider the location and how far it is from your home and the guests being invited. Consider the age of the party boy or girl and the guests attending the kids birthday party. If you are having a kids birthday party for younger kids, you will need a venue that is safe and has plenty of space for them to run around. If you are having a kids birthday party for older kids, you may want to consider a venue that has more activities and games available. Once you have found a few venues that you are interested in, be sure to read reviews from other parents. This will help you get a better idea of what the venue is like and what to expect.

Step 4: Send out invitations

Once you have a theme for the kids birthday party, you can send out invitations to your guests. Be sure to include all of the important details, such as the date, both start and finish times, location, and dress code (this is particularly important if the kids birthday party involves a particular activity where specialist clothing is required).

Step 5: Decorate

The next step is to decorate the space where the kids birthday party is being held. This is where you can really let your creativity shine. If you're on a budget, there are plenty of ways to decorate without spending a lot of money. You can use streamers, balloons, and even construction paper to create a celebratory atmosphere.

Step 6: Prepare the food

No party is complete without food! When planning the menu for a kids birthday party, it's important to keep their interests in mind. Pizza, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets are always a hit. You can also set up a snack table with fruits, vegetables, and popcorn. For a show stopping centrepiece, consider a donut or treat stand that coordinates with your theme.

Step 7: Plan some activities

Kids need plenty of activities to keep them entertained at a kidsbirthday party. Some popular options include face painting, games, and crafts. Depending on the venue chosen for the kids birthday party, you can also hire a professional entertainer, such as a magician or clown.

Step 8: Clean up

The last step is to clean up after the kids birthday party. This is important to do as soon as possible so that you can enjoy the rest of your day.

Following these steps will help you plan the perfect kids birthday party for your little ones. With a little planning and effort, you can create a kids birthday party that they will remember for years to come.

Here are some additional tips for hosting a kids birthday party:

1. Keep the party short and sweet. Kids have short attention spans, so it's best to keep the kids birthday party to two or three hours.

2. Have plenty of activities planned. This will help keep the kids entertained and prevent them from getting bored.

3. Make sure there are plenty of food and drinks. Kids can be very active, so they will need to refuel throughout the party.

4. Have a plan for dealing with accidents. A kids birthday party can be messy, so it's important to be prepared for anything.

5. Most importantly, have fun! A kids birthday party is all about having fun, so relax and enjoy the day.

If you have any questions or there's anything we can help you with to create your dream kids birthday party, please get in touch with us at and we will do all that we can to assist you.


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