Children's Parties

The weird world of children's parties can cause parents terrible dread and heartache. Apart from filling them with intense feelings of pressure and obligation to get it right for their child, competitiveness with other parents is also paramount, sometimes to a ridiculous extent.

You probably don't need to even contemplate a birthday party until your child is at kindergarten or infant school (about 4). Anyone who has seen the baffled expression on a one-year-old 'birthday boy's' face as a group of complete strangers give a lusty rendition of 'Happy Birthday' will realise that small children are well below the age when a party has any point.

But, from age four to twelve (approx), you may feel under the obligation to lay on an annual celebration. Here's our guide to throwing successful children's parties.


  • At Home

    Are you prepared to hold the party in your own home?
  • At a Venue

    The pros and cons of holding your child's party at an outside venue.
  • Take it Outside

    How about choosing a compromise option and holding a picnic outside?
  • Birthday Outings

    How about preserving your domestic tranquility and taking a group of children on an outing?
  • Invitations

    Guestlists, invitations, RSVPs.
  • Party Food

    Party food options, and how to deal with fussy eaters and allergies.
  • Gifts and Presents

    Simple present-giving rules that will ensure you're not caught in a crazy price escalation.
  • guide to party bags, children's parties, party etiquette

    Party Bags

    How to organise party bags that won't bankrupt you.
  • Party Games

    Organised games will ensure that your child's party goes with a swing.

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