We want to party
Great tips for planning your next kid’s party!
Planning is key. Start planning early and save the date. A first birthday may just be a family affair while older children enjoy a special treat with a few friends. It is always a good idea to choose a theme, as this can help determine every aspect of the planning process from invitations to décor to food. Pinterest is a brilliant website to source ideas and of course involve the children if they have a favourite animal or superhero. Just be prepared for fabulous ideas like a shark cowboy party or a princess mermaid disco theme! For smaller children, a colour or letter of the alphabet works well such as P for princess, pirate, pop star and policemen. Children love dressing up and if you are no good with a glue gun or handy with the sewing machine, Fantasy Flair (082 055 9824) has a great choice of dress up clothes for hire. For help with décor, Maryke Fouché from Party Chicks (082 527 4691) can assist with party printables and décor ideas. Or visit Pop Epoch in Nelspruit for a wide range of party décor and balloons (www.facebook.com/popepoch.nelspruit).
Location … location … location. It is always nice not to have to clean up sticky juice off the floor or chocolate cake off the carpet. In the Lowveld there are some great venues for parties if you would rather not have the party at home. The Lowveld National Botanical Gardens (013 752 5531) has a wonderful jungle gym, plenty of space to run around and a coffee shop to cater for the moms. Mankele (www.mankele.co.za) is fabulous for an energetic cycling party. You can have a picnic under a boma by the pool so the children can cool off after riding their bikes. There is also tubing down the river or whizzing down the zip line. And for the brave you can camp! For a fisherman’s party Horseshoe Trout & About in Sabie (www.bigskyoutdoor.co.za) is a hidden gem. The small dam is full of trout and you can hire a fully kitted braai area. Boys and girls will have a memorable day catching their lunch.
For smaller groups why not host a superfast Formula One party at the Riverside Go Kart Park at Riverside Mall (072 896 2069). Ludwig, who runs the track, is knowledgeable and fun. The track is suitable from ages five years and up and the kids will have a blast racing each other around the track. Take along medals as prizes for the budding racers. Ilanga Mall has the ice rink or you can try your hand at ten pin bowling or the jump park. Casterbridge Cinema in White River is available for a private hire for a movie or an Oscars themed party.
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