Foodie fun for kids
BRING OUT THE CAKE
Who doesn't love a themed birthday cake? It's hard to resist our chocolate owl or birthday bug cake. If you really want to set hearts racing then give your cakes a liberal sprinkling of edible glitter, sprinkles or decorate with soft sweets or lollipops - just don't forget the candles.
Plates of mini cupcakes are sure to be a hit, and are easy to distribute around the table and don't require any cutting. Bringing along a plain batch and letting kids ice and decorate their own is a brilliant party activity to keep them happy and busy for a little while.
If you have leftovers you can always pop them into a party bag, but grownup helpers will probably give you a hand to polish them off.
Children love things with their name on and these edible name place biscuits are sure to have the wow-factor - use them to mark out seating or wrap them in some pretty cellophane and pop them in a party bag.
Playing 'pass the parcel' and running round in circles is thirsty work, so keep kids hydrated with some refreshing homemade drinks.
Slicing fruit into a cup with a little bit of juice and fizzy water is a fun way of serving up a soft punch, and great for getting a bit of fruit into kids. And it just wouldn't be a children's party without lashings of lemonade.
Cool them down
Getting kids to sit down with a cooling, healthy ice lolly can be a good way of bringing the party to a gentle close, and settling some of the excitement. Or fulfil all their childhood dreams with a naughty but nice knickerbocker glory, and you're bound to have them sat round the table in no time.
A room full of excitable children may well be chaos but the party will be over before you know it so remember to enjoy it and try and relax. A few bumps and spills are bound to happen so have some wipes and helpers on hand, and embrace the mayhem while it lasts.
Finally, if you've booked a venue but are still catering yourself then check out our blog on transporting food safely.