We love to hear about local mamas achieving great things and so when Jessica from Blossom & Bow, a brand new children party pack company, got in touch we wanted to tell you all about them. Sisters Jessica and Rachel launched the company earlier this year and have already been used by Anna over at Mother Pukka no less!
The idea is you order a party box – currently in Over The Rainbow, Ahoy There, As Cold As Ice, Super Kids, Once Upon A Time and Jurassic, and it will arrive on your doorstep with everything you need to style up a party. Think plates, straws, tablecloths, party bags, balloons and more. And this isn’t your regular party wear, this is sourced from great suppliers and will make your party completely unique and Instagramable. Amazing huh? And the best part is the boxes aren’t gender specific – boys can be unicorns and girls can be pirates!
We love their business idea and we think you will too. So by way of introduction, here is their tips for planning a stress-free kiddies’ party….
Planning a children’s party can sometimes leave you breaking out in a cold sweat, but it needn’t be that way, help is at hand with Blossom & Bow’s top tips for a stress-free party!
- Pick your date. Think about how this date ties in with school holidays, and public holidays or festivals that might affect attendance to your party. If your child has a BFF (Best Friend Forever!), it might be wise to get in touch with their adult to confirm they are free, before finalising your date to avoid a potential meltdown if they can’t come. Think about which day of the week you want your party. Saturday mornings can often be filled with clubs, so afternoons can work better at the weekend, especially for older children.
- Write a guest-list. You may opt for a small party of just best friends, or it may be the trend in your area to invite the whole class! Either way, you might want to make allowances for extras such as younger siblings, or a friend who decides to visit that day. If your child is under 5, it is likely you will have parents in attendance as well, so think of this when you are deciding on your venue…
- Decide on your venue. Do you plan on having your party at home or at a venue? Parties at home are great as they save money on venue charges, but having 8 or more sugar-loaded children running riot in your living room might not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you are opting for an ‘At home’ party, consider enlisting the help of older siblings or cousins, or a friendly local teenager. Child-proof your house by moving precious objects out of reach, and by storing away your child’s most favourite toys in case of damage. If you are planning on finding a venue, you should probably book at least 6 weeks in advance to avoid disappointment. Visit the space to get an idea of how it would work for you. Find out what their policies are on food, and entertainment (such as bouncy castles). Try to allow at least half an hour either side of your party time for setting up and packing up. Blossom & Bow party boxes are perfect for at home parties and venue parties alike, so you know you can always bring your child’s desired theme with you!
- Decide on entertainment. You may have the budget for a bouncy castle, face painter, magician or a petting zoo, or you may opt for good old-fashioned party games. Either way, you will generally need to fill an hour before the children will be sitting down having their tea. Consider how your entertainment can be tailored to fit in with your chosen theme. Don’t worry if your party isn’t planned with military precision, children will be happy just hanging out with their friends, but some structure to the party will help it flow better. We have plenty of party game ideas on our pinterest account.
- Decide on food. If you are having your party at a specialised party venue then they will have birthday tea packages that you can choose from. If you are providing the food yourself then consider something a bit more out of the norm such as sushi to make your party memorable, or having pizza delivered. Think of the adults and any younger siblings that might come along when planning your quantities and don’t forget your birthday cake! You will find plenty of party food inspiration on our Blossom & Bow Pinterest account. A Blossom & Bow cake topper is a simple way of tying your cake in with your chosen theme, and our selection of cupcake kits are perfect for those taking on the baking themselves. You might want to provide alcohol for your adult guests, which is fine at home, but check with any venues about their policy on this, as some church venues won’t allow it…
- Delegate. Get as much help as you can – ask your friends and family to help out with pouring drinks, helping children with the games, and getting the food out. Ask someone to be in charge of taking photos as you will have your hands full, and make sure you someone to help with the clear up at the end!
- Party bags. A slice of cake and a balloon doesn’t always cut it these days as children have come to expect a bag of goodies on departure, but this doesn’t mean they have to be super-expensive. Stickers, bubbles, temporary tattoos, something crafty and sweets are all crowd pleasers and can be found at reasonable prices.
- Thank you cards. It’s only polite to thank your guests for coming to your party and for the gift they bring for your child. If you can use a thank you card that ties in with your theme, then all the better!