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How to plan a child's birthday party.

How to plan a child's birthday party.

Birthday Theme Ideas

When you have to plan a birthday party for a child, you might decide to pick a theme for the birthday party. Since there are so many things that can be popular any given year, it can be hard to decide what to choose.

If you pick something like a film they love as your inspiration, then you need to pick specific parts of the film to incorporate into your party so that people will be able to identify this as part of the film.

When it comes to choosing a theme for an adult party, you can usually give people a specific century or time period and they can choose from that.


  • A theme around a year like the 1950's, the 1970's, or the 1990's
  • Choose a color scheme like 'Blue and White, 'Black and White, or 'Gold'
  • Choose a theme relating to a film

Planning a Child's Birthday Party

If you decide to pick a party that related to a story book from your childhood or one that your child loves reading, then why not choose to have a tea party. After all this was a key part in the film Alice in Wonderland.

This type of theme will allow you to find everything you need in party stores and anything else you need you can find it on eBay or Amazon.

Use Items Already in Your Home

Use everyday items you already have in your home for the party. Things like old cups and jugs are perfect. Then if they get damaged, it won't matter to you. Also ask friends and family if they have anything they want to get rid of.

Also try searching thrift stores and charity shops to see if they have second hand china that is for sale.

List of Things You Will Need for Your Birthday Party

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Paper Puncher

Banner made from Playing Cards

Tea Cups & Saucers


Tea Cups used as vases


Paper Napkins

Jugs used vases

Cream Jugs


Bunting made from bedsheets

Bed Sheets



Decorations for Your Tea Party

Make a banner from two decks of playing cards.

Make a banner from two decks of playing cards.

Search Amazon, eBay, Party Stores and Dollar Stores to find things that could be used in the party.

How to Make Your Own Playing Cards Decoration

Items Needed

  • Three decks of playing cards
  • Sellotape
  • Red colored string or ribbon
  • Paper puncher


  1. Cut two and a half meters of ribbon or string.
  2. Using paper glue, stick two playing cards back to back.
  3. Using the paper puncher, punch a hole at the top of the card and thread the ribbon or thread through it.


If your banner is going to be placed against a wall then you will only need one to two decks of playing cards because the back of the playing card will be facing the wall

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If you don't have a paper puncher, use sellotape to stick the string to the cards.

If you are using ribbon or string then make a small knot after each card to keep it secure in that position.

If you don't want the hassle of making a banner, then you can buy a birthday banner designed to look like playing cards on Amazon instead.

Serve food in serving platter or food stands.

Serve food in serving platter or food stands.

Decorating Your Room

Place a whit bunny rabbit or a story book on each table for the centerpiece.

Place a whit bunny rabbit or a story book on each table for the centerpiece.

Decorating Your Room

Once you have decided on your color scheme or your theme, you need to find items to decorate your room or garden with.

Remember to not get carried away with ideas and buy or make everything you see. You only need three to four ideas to help make your table setting and your room/garden look amazing.

Alice in Wonderland Floating Teacup and Saucer

Centrepiece Ideas for the Table

1. Turn tea cups into vases for flowers

1. Turn tea cups into vases for flowers

2. Fill jugs up with flower and place them around the room.

2. Fill jugs up with flower and place them around the room.

Table Centre Piece Made Using Tea Cups


  1. You will need a few teacups with saucers, some water and cut flowers. If you have flowers in your garden, you should use these to cut down on costs.
  2. Cut the stem of each flower about 1.5 inches from the top of the flower head so they fit in the cup.
  3. Add water to the cups and place a few flowers in each one. Place a cup on each table.

Other Items

  • If you have old cream jugs lying around, you can also use these for your flowers. You can find these in second hand stores. You could also ask your friends for some for your party.
  • You could use jam jars to and add two flowers to each jar and place a few of them around the room.
  • The same can be done with mason jars. Fill them up with water and place a flower in each one.

Making Your Own Bunting

All you need is old sheets, ribbon, a scissors and iron on adhesive tape.

All you need is old sheets, ribbon, a scissors and iron on adhesive tape.

How to Make Bunting at Home

Items Needed

  • 2 double bed sheets
  • a scissor
  • ribbon
  • iron on adhesive tape


Get a bed sheet and cut up 6 cm triangles.

Fold down the top of the triangles and place the ribbon inside the fold. Next lay down a strip of iron on adhesive tape. Then run your hot iron over it. This is easier than trying to sew each triangle to a ribbon


You can use old faded pillow cases, t-shirts or bed sheets that you no longer need to make bunting.

Also look in second hand stores to see if they any sheets that could work as bunting.

Tea Party Food and Snacks

When you are serving food at a party, the best thing to do is serve it on large platter. This will make cleaning up easier. You won't have loads of small plates to clean.

Also it lets party guest choose what it is they want to eat. You are not forcing people to eat something they don't like.

Make food ahead of schedule and try to serve food that can be eaten at room temperature. If you do serve hot food, you can pop it the oven to heat up just before serving it.

Serving sandwiches and mini appetizers is ideal for this type party as you can prepare them ahead of schedule.

Desserts for Your Tea Party

There are a number of different desserts you could serve your guests. You could serve scones with cream and jam, or some pastries and cupcakes.

If you have time, you could prepare your scones ahead of time. If you don't have the time you could just buy some scones, pastries and cupcakes from your local store or bakery.

Types of Desserts to Serve at Your Tea Party

Serve scones with jam, cream and butter.

Serve scones with jam, cream and butter.

Serve your guest cupcakes

Serve your guest cupcakes

Serve your cupcakes on a stand

Serve your cupcakes on a stand

How to Decorate your own Cupcakes

Enjoy Your Day

Once you have all the planning and decorating done, you can sit back and enjoy your day.

Organizing a party can be stressful, but try to keep the food as simple as possible and the decorating to a minimum. Also try to get some of your friends and family to help you set up on the day.

© 2014 Sp Greaney


Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on January 08, 2014:

Hi WiccanSage,

I love them too. It's a very girly thing to have. :) We had tea parties when we were young but now, not so much. The are great for all ages.

Maybe in a few years your daughter might change her mind. Thanks again for stopping by and commenting.

Mackenzie Sage Wright on January 07, 2014:

Awesome, I love the ideas here. The decorations especially are very clever. I love tea parties... I wish I had a little girl; my youngest is going on 13 but he and his older brother still at home are boys. Even when my daughter was a little girl she wasn't very girly and had no patience for such things-- tea parties were just never her cup of tea. I like to have them with my friends sometimes but I would love to have something like this with young ones. Beautiful job here.

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