Planning your first childrens' party? First of all, relax! Children are nowhere near as discerning as adults, and as long as you provide plenty of games and refreshments, they'll be easily entertained.
Enjoy having the freedom to be really imaginative, too – throw yourself into the planning and have fun. And if you feel truly overwhelmed? Just recruit a couple of other parents to help you with the details! Handily, blogger and mum of three Zena Goldman is also on hand with her top tips...
First things first – choose a theme. Zena says: "Picking a theme makes it easy to style your party. Whether your child loves robots, unicorns, princesses or Marvel comics, you’ll find partyware to match in the George Home range". Look out for these Marvel Avengers Paper Napkins and matching plates. Or put your stamp on the event by making your own. Ask guests to dress up, too!
Keep kids occupied with various activities – "why not set up a colouring table with themed printouts for little ones to colour in? Or organise a biscuit decorating station with digestives and icing pens?"When it comes to young girls, you can't go far wrong with cheap and cheerful beauty products. Zena says: "You could also set up a table for temporary tattoos, coloured hairspray or even a nail bar, with a grown-up on hand to help".
Let them eat cake
"Every party needs a celebration cake! Match it to the theme or go for something spectacular, like Asda's Rainbow Jazzie Cake, with colourful sponge layers, funky frosting and all-over sprinkles."
Why not pack each partygoer a little snack box or bag? "As an alternative to a buffet, pick up some brown paper lunch bags and pop a sandwich, small bag of popcorn, yogurt, piece of fruit, sweet treat and a small juice box in each one. The kids will love the novelty of having their own bag and you’ll avoid wasting food. Plus, it may stop them eating too many sweets!".
Bags of fun
Kids love a party bag – that squidgy piece of cake that they can take home with them. Zena suggests adding other, affordable bits and bobs. "Handing out party bags is a lovely way for your child to thank everyone for making their birthday special. Asda has a top selection of party favours, from pencils to toys. Think age-appropriate, fun and useful and your party bags will be the talk of the playground".