Invitations, birthday cards and all things party

Take a look at these great ideas for your party. By using the “colouring in” option you get to add that personal touch to your cards.

Party Bags

You can buy these from most stores that have party sections or you could make your own by decorating brown paper bags. This activity can even be incorporated into the party. Just put out a few crayons and stickers for the children to make their own. It’s a game in itself.

Decorations

A few simple decorations can make all the difference to the party atmosphere.

Make yourself:

Paper chains

Cut strips of coloured paper. Glue or staple these together into circles, linking them through each other.

Balloon Cut-outs

As “popped” balloons can be quite dangerous for little children, you can replace these with balloon cut-outs. Simply use coloured cardboard or paper, draw the outline of a balloon and cut out. You can then add some coloured streamers to the bottom of them.

Streamers

Cutting out or tearing long strips of crêpe paper and trailing these around the house or garden is simple and fun to do.

Birthday Banners

Using a large piece of cardboard and decorating this with “Happy Birthday” is both simple and fun for your toddler to join in. There is nothing quite like an original artwork to get conversation going.

To Buy:

Balloons

  • Keep balloons out of reach of small children as they can present a safety hazard.
  • Position them high on window frames or on a high branch of the tree.
  • If a balloon does pop, remove any debris quickly.

Streamers

Paper streamers are great for toddlers to decorate with themselves. Trailing them through the bushes in the garden makes for a festive outdoor venue.

Birthday Banners

These banners are available in most party sections at supermarkets, toy stores, newsagents etc.

Thank you Cards

For many people these are a “must do” after a party. If you are planning on sending thank you cards, make sure that you have a pen and paper handy at present opening time so that you can write down who gave what. It’s much easier than trying to work it out later.

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