You could hire a children’s entertainer or magician. There are lots of options for entertainers, not just your standard magician – research who is available locally – character lookalikes, animal experts who bring a selection of animals for the children to meet, dance teachers, sports coaches, face painters … the list is endless and what you choose will depend on your child’s interests and your budget.
Alternative activities to consider are things like pizza making, biscuit decorating and craft activities. For example, when everyone arrives they could make their own party hat or mask to wear and then get to take it home. Or each child makes a pizza and chooses their toppings and once cooked these are then eaten for the birthday tea (killing two birds with one stone!).
Children’s Party Food
Remember that at parties children eat very little as they are usually too excited to sit down and eat so, don’t over cater!
Standard party fodder is a ‘beige buffet’ with all things brown – sandwiches, crisps, sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, mini pizzas, chicken nuggets – and a few veg sticks and chopped fruit for a healthy kick! There is nothing wrong with this, it’s pretty simple to do and kids love it.
A popular option is to have cardboard meal boxes so each child has one and you don’t make too much food that isn’t eaten and goes to waste.
Other ideas are to just have one kind of food – pizza, hot dogs, fish and chips from the chip shop. Something that your child likes and is easy to do.
Pudding ideas include jelly, ice cream (always a favourite), cupcakes and biscuits, or simply a slice of birthday cake.
Before planning your menu find out if any guests have any special dietary needs and make sure you cater for these.