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Games, entertainment, food, sweets, and tons of fun--what’s not to love when it comes to a children’s party? In the last decade (or even two!), we have seen children’s parties evolve from a quick cake-and-snack-in-school to full blown events with gorgeous decorations, intricate desserts spreads, and so much more. Are you planning your child’s special day? Here are some ideas you definitely need to try!
1 Do cotton candy with a ‘twist’
One of the best new trends in 2016 is combining the deliciousness of cotton candy and the fun of different shapes, colors, and even characters! Cotton candy shaped like a unicorn?! Yes please! Try:Pouf Cotton Candy for delicious candy floss in gorgeous designs.
2 Personalize with handcrafted DIY details
Fun personal details are much more special because they were made with love. It does not have to be a major production. You can find tons of great tutorials on Pinterest for decorations that use coffee filter pom numbers, adorable painted mason jars, and more! Try: If you still feel the idea of painting a jar is tough, how about buntings? Click here to find 9 easy party bunting ideas.
3 Go for educational entertainment The days of the traditional and very loud one-size-fits-all party games are over. Now entertainment created uniquely for the event is the best bet. Whether it’s a fun shadow puppet fairytale, a music and movement activity, a Jedi Academy training session, or a DIY arts and crafts table for kids, choose something that children will not only enjoy watching but will engage them as well. Try:
Cakes this season are whimsical and fun! You can make your own or even jazz up store bought cakes. If you are ordering from a baker, why not try high barrel cakes with drizzle icing in vibrant colors? Katherine Sabbath makes gorgeous cakes like these. You can even decorate using store bought sweets like doughnuts or cupcakes!
Try: Check out our directory of of amazing and showstopper cakes here.
5 Serve pie instead of cake
2016 has seen the return of delicious pies. Whether it’s a big pie or an individual serving there is no affair not made better by pie. Apple, cherry, blueberry, or strawberry or just some of the fun flavors you can choose from. Try:4 and 20 Blackbirds Bakery for pie pops that can be made in a wide variety of shapes.
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6 Do-it-yourself pretty printables
If you want a cohesive themed look but don’t want to spring for the full styling package, printables may be just the thing. Customized printables can match your theme so you can get a great cohesive look. You can get food tent cards, water bottle labels, thank you tags, party signage, and so much more. Try: See the potential of printables here and here.
7 Take balloons to the next level with calligraphy
Lately balloons have gotten a bad rap as being too traditional or even boring, but if they are used right, they liven up any party space. Calligraphy balloons show the versatility of this party décor. You can buy them already stamped or you can have them made using your favorite personal handwritten calligraphy.
8 Get inspiration from party stylists’ social media accounts As in 2015, unique themes are still on trend for kiddie parties in 2016. It doesn’t mean you have to stray too far from what your kids like just to be different. Just do a different take on a classic favorite. And if you’re looking for a unique way to execute, say, a Disney Princess theme, check out the social media accounts of these incredible party stylists (and if you want a picture-pretty but headache-free party then tap them as well!):
Try a nice throwback to the 80’s and 90’s with games like dominos, Old Maid, chess, checkers, and more. You can infuse vintage touches in a fun way making this theme great for both kids and adults.
10 Fruity Fun
A great theme that is popular now are fruit inspired parties like watermelon parties or even strawberry affairs. You can get a lot of inspiration from your child’s favorite fruit. Or even combine several for a more bright and colorful palette.
11 Book Lovers
A fun book theme gives you endless possibilities. You can use a whole slew of different books or even just focus on one book as your theme.
Michelle Katigbak-Alejandro is a writer and editor and creative director of Peanut Butter and Glitter, a party, craft, and lifestyle blog about her adventures with her daughter, Bella.