Best Kids Parties: Silver & Polka Dots

My Party

Name: Emily, 6
Location: Adelaide, South Australia

My daughter is a real girly girl - she insisted on 'no boys' for her party, bar her beloved toddler brother. So I went for bright and cheerful colours and patterns and a menu designed to whet the appetite of the fussiest of kids. 

Here's what was on the menu: mini vietnamese pork buns; ham & pineapple pizzas; fairy wands; cheerio necklaces; berry & kiwi ice cream; mango lassis; fruit plate; cake pops, an adaption of my Red Velvet Cake Balls; chocolate and raspberry meringue buttercream cake; and fruit juice boxes.

Decoration-wise, we went with: helium balloons and home-made tissue-paper weights; silver plates, spotty napkins and wooden cutlery customised with Japanese washi tape; homemade wooden jewelery trees to hold the Cheerio necklaces; fresh flowers from my parents' garden; blue milk glasses to hold the fairy wands; glass pots for serving the ice-cream and lassis, borrowed from a friend; styrfoam bricks wrapped with bright spotty paper to present the cake pops on; pink plastic straws - not as cool as paper ones but these had a little spoon on the end; and silver and white tablecloths covering two trestle tables, mounted on boxes (photo sans chairs).

For games we played: Pass the Parcel; Musical Chairs; and Hide & Seek.

Birthday parties are about celebrating your loved ones and creating happy memories. There's no point throwing a big party at home if you're going to be tense and miserable during the lead-up and execution - it's better to scale back the festivities or pay to have it somewhere else. My daughter's party took a bit of planning and prep but, just like last year, it was relatively stress-free and we all enjoyed ourselves. And that's what my daughter will remember.

Thanks, Christina!

(Images: Christina Soong-Kroeger)

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When Dabney's not writing around here, she's digging through other people's attics for fun and interesting stuff, or running around with her bloodhound Friday. Originally from the East Coast, she's still shocked to find herself living in Missouri.

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