Even if the last party your child went to was waterfront and over three levels, don’t be put off having a home party. Kids have fun anywhere, so long as you provide the party staples of lots of games, lollies and prizes.
Just how much plastic tat should you send into other people’s homes, while meeting your party guests’ expectations for good party booty? This also raises questions about whether you should include presents in each pass-the-parcel layer and provide prizes for everyone in the games, not just the last standing statue.
Never does the principle of KISS (keep it simple, stupid) apply so well as in the arena of the birthday cake. It’s something we do just a handful of times a year, so practice doesn’t make perfect. For this reason, steer clear of anything involving toothpicks, tracing paper or cake tins in the shape of soccer balls.
They might be better at operating the DVD than you, but kids are old-fashioned at heart, especially where party games are concerned. Pass-the-parcel is expected at almost any age, although the three-year-olds need help with the "passing" nature of the game.
It's at the food table that size does matter, and for kids' parties, small is good. Go for mini-pizzas, mini-hot dogs, party pies, sausage rolls and hamburgers on tiny rolls.