I am so excited to bring you my top 12 party tips. I tried to bring it down to my top 10- but there is too much fun stuff to share with you! So pull up your creative socks and enjoy the next few tips for your next soiree!
- Make it personal
Rocking up to a celebration really needs to be all about that person.Interpretation: make it personal. One way I make it personal is to add a crafty hand-made edge- even if you are not the crafty type, adding more of you and less of commercial adds ten fold quality
My daughter making her own decorations for her 6th birthday party
I wrote and illustrated my own book for my daughters birthday party. This was just the beginning to the book- I am on the road to getingt it published! So exciting!
2. Fun photos
You plan everything else at your party- why not plan some seriously funny pic! Check out behance for some more ideas
3. Creative dress up
This is not just for kids. Dressing up is an excuse to be silly and wear things you don’t usually. There are a few simple dress up ideas you can easily make using spare fabric and with little [or no] sewing. Check out my DIY cape below
For adults make the length longer and the head radius bigger
4. Mixing patterns is A-OK!
In fact, the more patterns you have the better! Embrace the clash!
5. Work with whats around you
Entwining your decorations with the party environment complements your party and shows off all the effort you’ve gone to. There will be a nice flow between the environment and your event. Check out this wedding.
6. Play dough is good at any age
In fact, some of the funniest things can be made late at night with a bunch of mates. Add a bit of glitter and you have yourself an awesome hens night!
7. Invites can be creative with breaking the budget
You don’t need to have an arts degree or do scrapbooking every week to create a cool invite. Check out this cute kids invite by simply tearing strips off a variety of photos and rearranging them. Funny and slightly freaky!
8. Healthy options
I don’t know about you, but sometimes the only option for food or drink is either alcohol, soft drink and junk food. Having a healthy option like this cucumber/strawberry/mint water will go down well for so many people, not to mention limiting the crazy-hyper behaviour of the little people present. Star sticker for you, my friend!
9. Reuse and recycle
I love creating something from nothing- and even better, something from someones rubbish! I have planned quite a few kids party over the years where I have used predominantly recycled material. Some examples are
-disregarded sheets converted to tents [click for the DIY instructions]
– Cardboard box party- all things were made of cardboard including a castle, aeroplane, shop and wearable cars [see pics below]
-reuse glass jars for drinking and apply clear contact onto cardboard to use as platters. No washing up required!
10. Cakes are to be eaten- not sculpted!
Emma Bradshaw has some lovely ideas on her blog and I really enjoyed this idea for a cake. After all, it is just food for our bellies!
11. Try something wild!
DIY Elderflower champagne. GET OUT! And all these materials are not too much of a stretch from what you have at home already. I’m doing it! And there’s even elderflower cordial for out littlies! Splenderific!
12. Keep it simple and cute
To finish off my post, it is important to keep things simple. And cute. Check out these little bear ice-cream scoops- so simple and you could get your kids to make their own!
Feel free to share any of your tips in the comment section below- I’d love to hear from you! And in the meantime, have a go at one of my Top 12 party tips for your next birthday, hanukkah, shindig or hen’s night. Your friends and family will thank you for it!