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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.