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As many of you know this time last year we moved house to a tumbling manor on the edge of a traditional village. Although we could keep our eldest at secondary school we had no option but to move the primary school of our 8 year old daughter.
Although bigger than her last school, she found it difficult to fit in as many of the children had grown up together from an age as early as birth. Although her grades improved dramatically she needed to make some new friends so we promised her an extra special party this year.
We’ve thrown a kid’s garden birthday party before and learned from our mistakes as we spent far too much money and time cooking food for all ages when both adults and children simply adored a rice Krispy bun and a sandwich. We’d also spent a lot of money on entertainment before forgetting that our place was a lot like a zoo already, so as magicians tried to capture attention the kids tried to capture a duck!
This year it was important that we got it right as not only would we be welcoming Poppy’s friends, showing them it’s a nice place to come and play, we’d also be introducing ourselves into the community.
I would like to say it was a huge success, and this is why.
Garden Party Ideas for Kids
We decided early on that the party would be in the garden, so we didn’t have to worry about the house. We hired a bouncy castle and a DJ which were both worth their weight in gold.
The DJ took care of the girls as he gave them games such as:
Best Dancer Competition (He even marked out a big patch that he called the Grass Dance Floor)
Bouncy Castle Elimination
Pass the Parcel
He even had games that used the entire garden as they ran around. Initially I was worried about the dog as banana can be too friendly but he seemed to fit in well, bouncing about and even becoming part of the Conga.
We also included banana in a game of “see who can throw his ball the furthest”.
Learning from last time we kept food simple, so we baked:
Homemade pizzas in 3 flavours
Sausage, cheese and pineapple on sticks (a request from our daughter and these disappeared first!)
Butter Crunch (A Martina Mercer invention, it went very quick!)
Chocolate Krispy Buns
We kept all the food inside out of the sun, allowing kids to come in and take their food outside.
We had a drinks table were kids could just help themselves, right in front of the herb patch so some added lavender as a little twist. I’d make gallons of elderflower cordial the week before and this was a firm favourite with the lavender, it also kept them calm. See our other blog on ways to keep children calm when they get a little too excited!